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Diogenes syndrome: The self-neglect elderly


Diogenes syndrome (DS) is characterized by severe self-neglect, domestic squalor, social withdrawal, syllogomania, and refusal of help that may be precipitated by stressful events. Secondary DS is related to mental disorders. Its management includes day care center and community care.

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Reyes-Ortiz, C.A. Diogenes syndrome: The self-neglect elderly. Compr Ther 27, 117 (2001).

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