Dated term for schizophrenia.
- Emil Kraepelin proposed links between dementia praecox and hormones in 1892.
- Schizophrenia, which used to be called early dementia or dementia praecox, is a devastating mental illness.
- Among the illnesses he described were manic-depression and dementia praecox, a disorder renamed schizophrenia (split mind) by the Swiss psychiatrist Eugene Bleuler in 1911.
Late 18th century Latin, literally 'early insanity'.
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Syllabification: de·men·tia prae·cox
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