Dementia Praecox revisited. Age disorientation, mental status, and ventricular enlargement

T. E. Goldberg, J. E. Kleinman, D. G. Daniel, M. S. Myslobodsky, J. D. Ragland, D. R. Weinberger

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Thirty-nine patients with DSM-III diagnosis of schizophrenia were examined for age disorientation, an inability to produce one's correct chronological age upon request. Six patients were age-disoriented and demented (as defined by Mini-Mental State evaluation), while two patients had delusions concerning their age, but were not demented. Age-disoriented, demented patients had very large cerebral ventricles and very low Mini-Mental State scores. This group differed on the cognitive and neuroanatomic variables from other demented, but not age-disoriented, patients, as well as from non-demented patients who were age-oriented. The age-disoriented patients appeared to be at an extreme end of the dementia spectrum in schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-190
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Issue numberAUG.
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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