Neuropsychiatric aspects of dementia

Nilika Perera, Mehran Javeed, Constantine G. Lyketsos, Iracema Leroi

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Neuropsychiatric symptoms have been variously termed ‘behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia’ (BPSDs), ʼnon-cognitive changes’ and ‘challenging behaviours’. e importance and ubiquity of these symptoms are highlighted by Alois Alzheimer’s rst clinical description of the condition which later became known as Alzheimer disease (AD). In this rst case study, Alzheimer wrote: The first noticeable symptoms of illness shown by this 51-year old woman was suspiciousness of her husband. Soon, a rapidly increasing memory impairment became evident; she could no longer orient herself in her own dwelling, dragged objects here and there and hid them, and at times, believing that people were out to murder her, started to scream loudly (Alzheimer, translated by Jarvik and Greenson, 1987).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDementia, Fifth Edition
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781498703116
ISBN (Print)9781498703123
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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