Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry

Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry

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The Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry presents the essence of The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, Third Edition, covering not only a wide range of important mental diseases of the elderly but also the so-called normal age changes that result in biological, social, and behavioral changes in older adults. Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry reviews the knowledge that has transformed the practice of geriatric psychiatry. It is authored by both basic and clinical scholarsAnot only psychiatrists, but also contributors from relevant biomedical and behavioral disciplinesAwho make the sometimes complex material understandable. Its coverage maintains an eclectic orientation regarding theory and practice, beginning with demography and epidemiology of late-life disorders and physiological considerations of patient care, then continuing with all of the parent text's chapters on diagnostic interviewsAincluding chapters on laboratory tests and the neuropsychological assessment of dementia.
Subsequent chapters address ten of the most prominent psychiatric disorders of the elderly and include recent insights into such matters as understanding the parameters of late-life depression and treating the seven recognized somatoform disorders. Each chapter ends with multiple-choice questions for self-assessment.
Among the other topics considered are: -Differential diagnostic problems in distinguishing dementia from delirium or depression and in identifying specific dementia disorders -Insights on treating late-onset schizophrenia and identifying psychotic symptoms arising secondary to the dementia of Alzheimer's disease -In-depth review of late-life bereavement, reflecting a wealth of recent research regarding intense and/or AcomplicatedA grief -Sleep and circadian rhythm disturbancesAincluding sleep apneaAand treatment of insomnia -Physical consequences of alcoholism in later life, with consideration of interactions between alcohol use and chronic or periodic illness in elderly patients -Approaches to agitation and suspiciousness, with the presentation of nonpharmacological guidelines to helping families deal with these problems in older relatives The final four chapters are devoted to treatment and summarize current psychopharmacology, advances in psychotherapy, working with families, and providing care in the nursing home.
Together, these contributions constitute an essential source for psychiatrists and other health professionals committed to the care of older adults and for those seeking board certification in geriatrics.
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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 172.7 x 251.5 x 30.5mm | 997.91g
  • American Psychiatric Press Inc.
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 1585622478
  • 9781585622474
  • 2,561,873

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"[ "Essentials of Geriatric Psychology"] is excellent for the purpose of preparing for the geriatric psychiatry boards."-- "Doody's Book Review Service", "April 20, 2007" "This is an extraordinarily comprehensive text for all students of geriatric psychiatry. Topics are relevant and the information is cutting edge and well presented. Contributors are leaders in the fields of medicine, psychiatry and psychology. This book will become the standard text for researchers, teachers, and clinicians with an interest in geriatric psychiatry."-- "Anand Kumar, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles; Past President, American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry" "The authors of "Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry" have created much of the current knowledge base of our field. Their book is a carefully crafted distillate of their views and instructs with unusual clarity how to approach the clinical, biological, and psychosocial complexity of our patients' problems. I expect it to be a unique guide for clinicians and an important intellectual resource for investigators."-- "George S. Alexopoulos, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Weil-Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry, White Plains, New York"
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Table of contents

Contributors. Preface. Basic Issues in Geriatric Psychiatry. Demography and epidemiology of psychiatric disorders in late life. Physiological and clinical considerations of geriatric patient care. The Diagnostic Interview in Late Life. The psychiatric interview of older adults. Use of the laboratory in the diagnostic workup of older adults. Neuropsychological assessment of dementia. Psychiatric Disorders in Late Life. Cognitive disorders. Movement disorders. Mood disorders. Schizophrenia and paranoid disorders. Anxiety and panic disorders. Somatoform disorders. Bereavement and adjustment disorders. Sleep and circadian rhythm disorders. Alcohol and drug problems. Agitation and suspiciousness. Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders in Late Life. Psychopharmacology. Individual and group psychotherapy. Working with the family of the older adult. Clinical psychiatry in the nursing home. Answer guide. Index.
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About Dan G. Blazer

Dan G. Blazer, M.D., Ph.D., is J.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. David C. Steffens, M.D., M.H.S., is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Ewald W. Busse, M.D. (deceased), was J.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus and Associate Provost and Dean of Medical Education Emeritus at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
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