A cognitive disorder characterized by defects in memory, aphasia, apraxia, agnosia, and executive functioning. Various forms of dementia are recognized in DSM-IV:

  1. dementia due to a general medical condition, including dementia of the Alzheimer type; dementia vascular; HIV dementia; and dementia due to Pick’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease
  2. substance-induced persisting dementia (seen with alcohol, inhalants, and sedatives/hypnotics/anxiolytics)
  3. dementia due to multiple etiologies
  4. dementia of unknown etiology
  5. dementia not otherwise specified











   

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