Depression and Anxiety in Later Life: What Everyone Needs to Know [NOOK Book]

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Physical problems and emotional stresses, such as bereavement, health conditions, pain, concerns about the future, side effects of medications, and the accumulated effects of lifestyle choices, may lead to depression or anxiety in older people. However, as Drs. Mark D. Miller and Charles F. Reynolds III know, these mental disorders are not a natural or an inevitable part of aging. In Depression and Anxiety in Later Life, these psychiatrists show how depression and anxiety can be avoided or minimized by adapting ...

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Depression and Anxiety in Later Life: What Everyone Needs to Know

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Overview

Physical problems and emotional stresses, such as bereavement, health conditions, pain, concerns about the future, side effects of medications, and the accumulated effects of lifestyle choices, may lead to depression or anxiety in older people. However, as Drs. Mark D. Miller and Charles F. Reynolds III know, these mental disorders are not a natural or an inevitable part of aging. In Depression and Anxiety in Later Life, these psychiatrists show how depression and anxiety can be avoided or minimized by adapting to changing circumstances while controlling risk factors and getting help when it's needed.

This reassuring book balances discussions of the causes, symptoms, and treatments of mental illness with descriptions of successful adaptive aging. Case studies illustrate the less obvious depression symptoms of irritability, disorganization, and social withdrawal. Readers will find information about memory loss, pain, sleep, nutrition, and end-of-life issues particularly helpful.

Aging can be challenging, but it doesn’t always lead to depression or anxiety. Depression and Anxiety in Later Life will help older people, their family members, and caregivers make positive changes to take control of their own individual situations.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

This book will set the standard for some time to come... A first-rate resource for families and loved ones of depressed elders.

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

Mark Miller and Charles F. Reynolds III are two of the leading geriatric depression researchers... This book provides a valuable resource for older patients and their families.

Midwest Book Review

A top recommendation for any collection strong in later-life issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421407074
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2012
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Mark D. Miller, M.D., is associate professor of psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Charles F. Reynolds III, M.D., is professor at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and senior associate dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is associate editor of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. They are the authors of Living Longer Depression Free: A Family Guide to Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Depression in Later Life, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

I Understanding Mood Disorders: Knowledge Is Power

1 What You Need to Know about Depression 3

2 What You Need to Know about Anxiety 3

II Handling Challenges over the Next Thirty Years

3 Coping with Memory Loss 57

4 Living with Illness and Disability 79

5 Getting Relief from Physical Pain 92

6 Understanding Sleep and Fatigue 102

7 Coping with the Loss of a Loved One 113

8 Stopping Overuse of Alcohol or Prescription Drugs 122

9 Maintaining Healthy Body Weight and Nutrition 138

10 Preserving (or Renewing) Sexual Pleasure 153

11 Planning for Life's Final Phase 164

12 Finding Meaning and Fulfillment-and Fun 179

Acknowledgments 185

Resources 187

Selected References 193

Index 205

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