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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: Although there have been advances in the understanding of the neural mechanisms involved in mood regulation, it has been difficult to apply this knowledge at the bedside. This book helps in that effort with an excellent and comprehensive review of mood disorders in the elderly. Written and edited by researchers-clinicians in the field, this second edition review is a superb contribution to geriatric psychiatry.
Purpose: The purpose is to "present a comprehensive and current picture of late-life mood disorders." Indeed, the editors and chapter authors have produced a very informative and up-to-date review of the field.
Audience: The intended audience is psychiatrists and other mental health specialists, as well as primary care clinicians.
Features: The first several chapters review diagnostic and epidemiological issues in geriatric mood disorders. Subsequent chapters address neurobiological issues such as the vascular depression concept and comorbid disorders. The last several chapters review treatment issues with excellent summaries of the latest research on pharmacotherapy of late-life depression, electroconvulsive therapy, psychotherapy, barriers to treatment, and prognosis and maintenance treatment outcomes. Each chapter concludes with relevant and contemporary citations of the scientific literature.
Assessment: "This second edition is a first-rate resource for any healthcare professional who is involved in the care of the elderly. I highly recommend it. "