Abstract and Keywords
Several neurological syndromes and neurocognitive disorders can result in behavioral and affective symptoms that may be present in an emergent situation or are present in the medical context. Clinicians who see patients with new or unusual behavioral symptoms are often faced with the challenge of determining when patients are in need of follow-up diagnostic evaluation. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the expression of behavioral changes in neurological disease that we have encountered in our own extensive clinical experience. We do not provide an exhaustive review of all disorders or neurocognitive symptoms, but rather focus on common conditions that present frequently in the context of behavioral emergencies. This discussion is aimed at sensitizing clinicians to the possibility of neurologic disease in patients with prominent behavioral symptomatology.
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