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An Update on Selected Organic Mental Syndromes
Lesley R. Dickson; John D. Ranseen
Psychiatric Services 1990; doi:
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Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Annex II, Lexington, Kentucky 40536

Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, The Lexington Veterans Administration Medical Center

1990 by the American Psychiatric Association

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The authors review recent literature on four medical conditions that constitute important examples of organic mental disorders: AIDS dementia complex, cocaine abuse, cerebrovascular accident, and traumatic brain injury. These disorders are of particular interest because they are frequently the result of high-risk behaviors and the patients are often young adults. Progress in classification and diagnosis, along with greater understanding of pathophysiological mechanisms, has facilitated therapies to ameliorate some symptoms. More specific classification of organic mental disorders should facilltate the examination of biological factors believed responsible for functional psychiatric disturbances.

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