Diogenes syndrome is a behavioral-health condition characterized by poor personal hygiene, hoarding, and unkempt living conditions. It is most common in older men and women, which is why it is also called senile squalor syndrome. Persons with Diogenes syndrome demonstrate little concern for self-care or a clean living environment and seem frankly undisturbed about their condition or how others respond to it. It is thought that, in some cases, Diogenes is a response to late-in-life trauma, such as the loss of a long time spouse or caregiver. Treatment is often difficult because the individual resents intrusions on the way he or she is living, leading to resistance and a lack of cooperation.
Cite this article:
Sarswathi KN. Review on Diogenes Syndrome. International Journal of Advances in Nursing Management. 2022; 10(2):151-2. doi: 10.52711/2454-2652.2022.00039
Sarswathi KN. Review on Diogenes Syndrome. International Journal of Advances in Nursing Management. 2022; 10(2):151-2. doi: 10.52711/2454-2652.2022.00039 Available on: https://ijanm.com/AbstractView.aspx?PID=2022-10-2-17
1. Marcos M., Gomez-Pellin MDC. Atale of a misnamed eponym. Diogenes syndrome. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2008;23:990–991.
2. Cybulska E. Senile squalor: Plyushkin's not Diogenes' syndrome. Psychiatr Bull R Coll Psychiatr. 1998;22:319–320.
3. Clark AN., Mankikar GO., Gray I. Diogenes syndrome: a clinical study of gross neglect in old age. Lancet. 1975;1:366–368.
4. Macmillan D., Shaw P. Senile breakdown in standards of personal and environmental cleanliness. BMJ. 1966;2:1032–1037.
5. Ngeh JK. Diogenes syndrome presenting with a stroke in an elderly, bereaved woman. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2000;15:468–472.