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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95) Colm Cooney & Walid Hamid, Review: Diogenes Syndrome, 24.
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%).
4] studied 30 cases of Diogenes syndrome admitted to an inpatient medical unit over a 10-month period and found a roughly similar proportion of cases (50%) where no psychiatric disorder was identified.
Diogenes syndrome by proxy [9] has recently been described manifesting as a form of `elder abuse' and could be an explanation for some cases of `Diogenes a deux'.
Orrell and Sahakian's [11] hypothesis that Diogenes syndrome is really a manifestation of a frontal-lobe dementia is intriguing but there is little supporting evidence.
This conceptualization of the Diogenes syndrome is supported by the work of Radebaugh et al.