Replacing pseudodementia

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Pseudodementia has many meanings: The term refers to depressed patients who are cognitively impaired, but who improve after treatment. Depressed, cognitively impaired patients also are often slow moving. The syndrome of depression, cognitive impairment, and motor slowing is caused by disorders of the ascending aminergic systems, such as Parkinson's disease. The term pseudodementia, when it applies to depression, should be replaced by a term which recognizes the full syndrome of depression, cognitive impairment, and motor slowing. We suggest the term SOTAN, an acronym for Syndrome of the Aminergic Nuclei.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-40
Number of pages5
JournalNeuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


  • Ascending aminergic systems
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Seudodementia
  • Syndrome of the aminergic nuclei

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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