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July 28, 1978

Treatment of the Agitated Patient With an Organic Brain Disorder

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago.

JAMA. 1978;240(4):380-382. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290040058029

Agitated patients with organic brain disorders represent relatively common diagnostic and management problems. Therapeutic failures usually result from a failure to understand the patient's disturbed behavior, the staff's emotional response to the patient's behavior, or neglect of the biological cause and ineffective use of medication. Effective management depends on continued monitoring of the patient's mental status and physical condition.

(JAMA 240:380-382, 1978)