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Clinical Features of Depressive Pseudodementia

Purpose:

To evaluate a patient with cognitive impairment for evidence of depressive pseudodementia.

Specialty:

Psychiatry

Objective:

clinical diagnosis, including family history for genetics

ICD-10:

F30-F39, F70-F79

Description:

Cognitive (memory) impairment may be associated with a number of functional psychiatric disorders. These conditions may be confused or mixed with true dementia, but the cognitive impairment can reverse if the underlying cause is adequately treated. A person with severe depression may present with depressive pseudodementia.

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