For the first time in history, most people in societies such as our own can plan on growing old. But longer average life expectancies (76.5 years in the United States) also bring increased risk. At least 12% of elderly Americans—and an astounding 30%--50% of those seen in primary care or hospitalized for medical conditions—have diagnosable mental disorders (e.g., cognitive impairment, affective and anxiety disorders).
Yet older people are poorly served by the mental health system, with its roadblocks of limited reimbursement and access, attitudes about aging, fewer psychotherapy referrals, and limited training in geriatric psychiatry. This third edition of a uniquely valuable pocket guide offers the latest research and practical advice for successfully diagnosing and treating elderly patients. The authors cover normal aging, mood and anxiety disorders, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, delirium, common mental disorders, and competency and related forensic issues such as informed consent.
Clearly written and extensively illustrated, this informative guide also features an appendix of essential rating scales for depression, cognitive skills, and delirium. As such, it is a “must read” for all mental health professionals who work with the elderly and are challenged not only to identify and treat specific psychiatric disorders, but also to provide education, support, and preventive interventions to help older people and their families manage the common stresses of aging.
(From Dr. Spar)
Every section has been updated to reflect the contemporary literature, and there are new sections covering traumatic grief, vascular depression, strategies forantidepressant resistance, the genetics of Azheimer's disease, psychopharmacology of cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal and Lewy body dementia, and chronic pain. There is a new chapter on “Competency and Related Forensic Issues”, and the 3rd edition is over 40% thicker than the 2nd Edition.