Noah Syndrome: A Variant of Diogenes Syndrome Accompanied by Animal Hoarding Practices

  title={Noah Syndrome: A Variant of Diogenes Syndrome Accompanied by Animal Hoarding Practices},
  author={Alejandra Saldarriaga-Cantillo and Juan Carlos Rivas Nieto},
  journal={Journal of Elder Abuse \& Neglect},
  pages={270 - 275}
Noah syndrome is a variant of Diogenes syndrome that presents as hoarding a large number of animals. Predisposing factors for developing this disorder are situations of psychosocial stress and loneliness. However, the medical conditions of the sufferer, which can represent the organic substrate for the development of this psychopathology, should be considered. 

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