The psychiatric symptoms of Alzheimer's disease

J Am Geriatr Soc. 1988 Jan;36(1):7-12. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.1988.tb03427.x.


The authors used a semistructured interview administered to primary family caregivers to assess the prevalence and nature of psychiatric pathology in 175 well-diagnosed community-residing Alzheimer's disease patients. Symptoms that are indicative of depression in the cognitively intact were virtually ubiquitous in this demented population. A variety of psychotic features were also regularly reported. The implications of these findings for the recognition and treatment of reversible psychiatric impairment are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Alzheimer Disease / complications*
  • Alzheimer Disease / physiopathology
  • Behavior
  • Cognition Disorders / diagnosis
  • Cognition Disorders / etiology*
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mood Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mood Disorders / etiology*