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J Am Geriatr Soc. 1988 Jan;36(1):7-12.

The psychiatric symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

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Department of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York.


The authors used a semistructured interview administered to primary family caregivers to assess the prevalence and nature of psychiatric pathology in 175 well-diagnosed community-residing Alzheimer's disease patients. Symptoms that are indicative of depression in the cognitively intact were virtually ubiquitous in this demented population. A variety of psychotic features were also regularly reported. The implications of these findings for the recognition and treatment of reversible psychiatric impairment are discussed.

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