Volume 46, Issue 3 (May 2001)

    Delusional Misidentification and Aggression in Alzheimer's Disease

    (Received 28 March 2000; accepted 19 July 2000)


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    Alzheimer's disease has been associated with serious behavioral disturbances including aggressive behaviors and agitation. Aggression in dementia of the Alzheimer's type may be associated with psychotic symptoms, particularly delusional misidentification phenomena. These phenomena are complex and varied in Alzheimer's disease and so far have been only rudimentarily described. In this paper, we explore the association of delusional misidentification and aggression in an individual suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

    Author Information:

    Leong, GB
    Staff psychiatrist, Center for Forensic Services, Western State Hospital, Tacoma, WA

    Arturo Silva, J
    Staff psychiatrist, Palo Alto Veterans Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA

    Ruiz-Sweeney, M
    Resident in psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

    Weinstock, R
    Clinical professor of psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

    Stock #: JFS15006J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15006J

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    Title Delusional Misidentification and Aggression in Alzheimer's Disease
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30