Age and psychosis in degenerative dementia

Draupathi E. Nambudiri, J. Paul Teusink, Leonard Fensterheim, Robert C. Young

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Among psychiatric inpatients with primary degenerative dementia, those with psychotic symptoms (N = 20) were older than those without (N = 20) (t = 3.48; p < 0.001). Persecutory delusions were the most frequent psychotic phenomena. Duration of dementia overlapped, but scores on the Global Deterioration Scale and the Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia were lower in the psychotic group after correcting for age. The limited literature concerning demographic and clinical correlates of psychosis in dementia is reviewed; the age difference noted is consistent with two other reports.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-14
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Delusions
  • Dementia
  • Hallucinations
  • Psychosis


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