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Psychologie & NeuroPsychiatrie du vieillissement

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1. La démence vue par le patient Volume 1, issue 1, Mars 2003

Authors
Clinique de psychiatrie gériatrique, Hôpitaux universitaires de Genève. Fédération de neurologie, Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris. Département de pédagogie des sciences de la santé, UFR Santé Médecine et Biologie humaine, Bobigny

The dementia conveys representations in term of loss, loss of knowledge, loss of cognition, loss of autonomy, loss of awareness of the deficits, with for consequencies a loss of exchanges and social withdrawal. Because of the difficulty for the patient to communicate his (her) feelings, it is difficult to understand his (her) experience of living. The analysis of speech through interviews realized with Alzheimer’disease patients, shows that the person who feels to enter a shape of abnormality, suffers from the loss of control of his/her existence, change of the relationships with the circle of acquaintances, other people’s opinion, and social stigmatisation.