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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


CARRATO VAZ, Eulalia  and  MARTINEZ AMOROS, Rosana. Diogenes syndrome: A case report. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2010, vol.30, n.3, pp.489-495. ISSN 2340-2733.

Diogenes syndrome is a fascinating object of study for clinicians who have been described mainly in elderly and characterized by extreme self-care neglect, accumulation of garbage and useless objects, self-neglect, social isolation and zero marking Insight. So far the research in this area is scarce, even the validity of the diagnosis have been questioned. Between a third and half present suffer from dementia (usually associated with frontal disturbances in frontotemporal dementia) or some type of mental disorder (most commonly schizophrenia, personality disorder, affective disorder or alcoholism) . The following describes a case of a Diogenes syndrome, which is particularly interesting given due to the extreme conditions of self-neglect of this syndrome in a young person who has a cocaine addiction on a character pathology compatible with Joint Disorder Personality.

Keywords : Diogenes syndrome; case report; cocaine dependence; personality disorder; diagnosis; treatment.

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