Age disorientation in chronically hospitalized patients with mood disorders

Janel Lombardi, Philip D. Harvey*, Leonard White, Michael Parrella, Peter Powchik, Michael Davidson

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Age disorientation was studied in 45 geriatric patients with chronic mood disorders. In a yearly assessment of cognitive functions, subjects were questioned about their age, year of birth, and the current year. Patients who misstated their age by ≥ 5 years were considered age disoriented. Among the 45 patients, age-disorientation data were available for 32 patients, with the remainder either stating that they did not know their age or providing age-delusional responses. Six of the 32 patients were characterized as age disoriented at baseline and again at 12- to 18-month followup assessment. Age-disoriented patients performed worse overall on the Mini-Mental State Examination compared with patients who did not show age disorientation. Future studies of brain function and structure should include poor-outcome patients with mood disorders as well as patients with schizophrenia in attempts to identify the possible neurological dysfunctions that may underlie the phenomenon of age disorientation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-90
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatry Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 28 Feb 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Affective disorder, bipolar subtype
  • Aging
  • Cognitive function
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Major depression


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