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Substance-Induced Persisting Dementia Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis


Substance-Induced Persisting Dementia Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Substance-Induced Persisting Dementia symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Substance-Induced Persisting Dementia symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the Substance-Induced Persisting Dementia Conditions symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on Substance-Induced Persisting Dementia symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgement and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician. 


Diagnostic criteria for Substance-Induced Persisting Dementia

A. The development of multiple cognitive deficits manifested by both

(1)            memory impairment (impaired ability to learn new information to recall previously learned information)

(2)            one (or more) of the following cognitive disturbances:

(a)       aphasia (language disturbance)

(b)       apraxia (impaired ability to carry out motor activities despite intact motor function)

(c)        agnosia (failure to recognize or identify objects despite intact sensory function)

(d)       disturbance in executive functioning (i.e., planning, organizing, sequencing, abstracting)

B. The cognitive deficits in Criteria Al and A2 each cause significant impairment in social or occupational functioning and represent significant decline from a previous level of functioning.

C. The deficits do not occur exclusively during the course of a delirium and persist beyond the usual duration of Substance Intoxication Withdrawal. 

D. There is evidence from the history, physical examination, or laboratory findings that the deficits are etiologically related to the persisting effects of substance use (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication). 

Code [Specific Substance-Induced Persisting Dementia

(291.2 Alcohol; 292.82 Inhalant; 292.82 Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic; 292.82 Other [or Unknown] Substance) 

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