dementia praecox


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dementia praecox

[də′men·chə ′prē‚käks]
(psychology)
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writes in his epilogue: "The story of the rise and fall of dementia praecox in America is but one narrow angle of approach to understanding a key transitional period in American psychiatry, 1896 to 1930 of so, marked by its mystifying richness of personalities, problems, and professional roles.
Emil Kraepelin first called it dementia praecox, and in 1980, the DSM-III still described the most common course as "one of acute exacerbations with increasing residual impairment between episodes.
Deeply troubled by psychic conflicts, he was diagnosed in his youth with dementia praecox, and was destined to die in a mental institution.

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