Diogenes Syndrome

Diogenes syndrome, also known as senile squalor syndrome, is a disorder characterized by extreme self-neglect, domestic squalor, social withdrawal, apathy, compulsive hoarding of garbage, and lack of shame. Diogenes Syndrome tends to occur among the elderly.

Upon hospitalization, many suffering from Diogenes Syndrome are diagnosed with significant medical issues. There is a 50% mortality rate following hospitalization. The 5 year mortality rate is 46%

Additional Resources

Diogenes syndrome at Wikipedia

Diogenes Diogenes Syndrome: A Geriatric syndrome of A Geriatric syndrome of gross self neglect

Diogenes syndrome in patients suffering from dementia

Diogenes Syndrome: Living in Extreme Squalor

Senile Squalor and Hoarding: A brief overview of Diogenes Syndrome

Recognizing Diogenes syndrome: a case report