n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Dementia : The South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) Treatment Guidelines for Psychiatric Disorders
|Article Title||Dementia : The South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) Treatment Guidelines for Psychiatric Disorders|
|Journal||South African Journal of Psychiatry|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||141 - 152|
ISI Social Science
By definition, dementia is an acquired global impairment in memory, personality and intellect in an alert patient, that is sufficiently severe to interfere with social and/or occupational functioning. In the absence of a stroke or rapidly growing cerebral tumours (among other causes), the onset is usually gradual and the cognitive decline is always progressive. In the absence of a cure for the disease, non-pharmacological inventions and the judicious use of pharmacotherapy may not only help the patient and alleviate the stress on the caregiver, but can also help in delaying institutionalisation.
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