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(p. 306) Diogenes Syndrome 

(p. 306) Diogenes Syndrome
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(p. 306) Diogenes Syndrome
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Brian O’Shea

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190245863.003.0020
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date: 25 November 2020

Diogenes syndrome, also termed senile squalor syndrome, was named after the Greek Cynic philosopher Diogenes. Although symptoms of Diogenes syndrome are not currently a strong focus of scientific interest, the syndrome has received considerable coverage in the media. Symptoms include extreme self-neglect, a dirty appearance, domestic squalor, lying in excrement, social withdrawal, and compulsive hoarding of garbage. Diogenes syndrome appears to be associated with a high physical morbidity and mortality rate. As discussed in this chapter, the particular nature of Diogenes syndrome represents a particular dilemma for the mental health professions and society. The chapter also discusses hoarding disorder, a separate but overlapping concept.

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