Diogenes syndrome


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Dementia-related lassitude in which a subject allows his/her home and personal environment to deteriorate, and may collect objects of little value—e.g., string, newspapers

Diogenes syndrome

Senile neglect Geriatrics Dementia-related lassitude in which a subject allows his home and personal environment to deteriorate, and may collect objects of little value–eg, string, newspapers

Diogenes syndrome

(dī-oj′ĕ-nēz)
[Diogenes of Sinope, Gr. philosopher, 412–323b.c.]
A lack of interest in personal cleanliness or cleanliness of the home, usually occurring in the elderly who live alone. Those affected are usually undernourished but not necessarily from poverty. This condition occurs in all socioeconomic circumstances. It may be associated with excessive saving of items, e.g., old newspapers; social retreat; and rejection of assistance.

Diogenes,

of Sinope, Greek philosopher, 412-323 B.C.
Diogenes cup - the palm of the hand when contracted and deepened by the action of the muscles on either side. Synonym(s): poculum diogenis
Diogenes syndrome - condition of self-neglect generally observed in older individuals, associated with deficiencies in nutrition.
poculum diogenis - Synonym(s): Diogenes cup
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Fifty-seven (70%) of the participants were diagnosed in the interview with an ICD-10 mental disorder, as defined by the schedules for clinical assessment in neuropsychiatry However, only 18 (22%) of the patients met all five criteria for Diogenes syndrome, and when the authors added a sixth criterion--absence of an active mental disorder--that number dropped even further, to four (5%).