Review: delusions in dementia.

@article{Harvey1996ReviewDI,
  title={Review: delusions in dementia.},
  author={Robert James Harvey},
  journal={Age and ageing},
  year={1996},
  volume={25 5},
  pages={
          405-8
        }
}
  • R. Harvey
  • Published 1 September 1996
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Age and ageing
Introduction The definition of a delusion is 'a false, unshakeable idea or belief . . . held with extraordinary conviction and subjective certainty' [1]. Delusions are a common symptom of a range of psychiatric illnesses including schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and dementia. The inclusion of dementia in this list is sometimes surprising to both doctors and carers, who restrict the symptoms of dementia to the cognitive domain; yet Alzheimer's first description was of a 51year-old… 
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