Diogenes syndrome

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Diogenes syndrome 

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Diogenes syndrome refers to a condition in which an older person allows his/her personal environment to deteriorate.

Clinical findings Self-neglect, domestic squalor, social withdrawal, apathy, indifference, compulsive hoarding, catatonia.

Aetiology Uncertain, possibly frontal lobe atrophy

Diogenes (412-323 BC) of Sinope, was an ancient Greek philosopher, Cynic and minimalist, who taught a virtuous life was a simple one, proving his point by living in a bathtub (or barrel, depending on the historian). He condemned his contemporaries’ excess and wandered about Athens with a candle, looking for an honest man. 

Synonyms Plyushkin syndrome, senile breakdown, senile neglect, senile squalor syndrome, social breakdown syndrome

References BMJ 1966; 2 (5521): 1032–7

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