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Rev Med Liege. 2012 Jan;67(1):26-34.

[Delirium, depression, dementia: solving the 3D's].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Service de Psychogériatrie, Cliniques de Soins Spécialisés Valdor-Pèrî, ISoSL, Liège, Belgique.


As there is no consensus in the specialized literature, it is often difficult to recognize the ties existing between dementia, delirium and depression. Depression preceding dementia is well-documented. Depressive symptoms during the process of dementia are less well-known. So are the close relationships between dementia and delirium as well as between delirium and depression. The commonality of symptoms between the three often causes diagnostic dilemmas. Unfortunately, elderly patients can often present two, or even three, of the "3 D's" simultaneously. Untangling the 3 D's has been the subject of several articles. We propose a synthesis as well as our thoughts on the subject from a clinical psychogeriatric standpoint.

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