chapter  5
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Reminiscing disorientation theory

Reminiscing disorientation theory (RDT) developed from our frustration with seeing many moderately demented persons unhelpfully labelIed 'confused' and ·psychotic', whilst their behaviours were clearly different from other adults exhibiting psychotic behaviour. This chapter suggests that the causes and manifestations of psychotic behaviour accompanying dementia may be sufficiently different from psychotic behaviours in other populations to warrant a new label and description. The application of the tradition al label 'psychotic' to the patient with dementia has serious consequences, both in terms of the medication prescribed and the care provided by nursing staff.