Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry, Second Edition / Edition 2

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Overview

Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry, Second Edition, distills the main concepts from The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, Fourth Edition, thoroughly covering not only a wide range of important mental disorders of the elderly but also the so-called normal biological, social, and behavioral effects of aging.

Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry is organized into sections devoted to the basic science underlying geriatric psychiatry and to the evaluation, presentation, and treatment of the most common psychiatric disorders in the elderly -- from mood disorders and anxiety to schizophrenia and circadian rhythm disorders. Among the additional topics considered are • Neuropsychological assessment and its role in the diagnosis of dementia and in differentiating among various cognitive disorders.• Specific dementia syndromes -- Alzheimer's dementia, vascular dementia, dementias due to Lewy body disease, and dementia due to frontotemporal degeneration -- and their treatment.• Approaches to assessment, diagnosis, prevention, and management of delirium, with emphasis on nonpharmacological interventions as the first line of treatment.• New findings on bipolar disorder with onset in late life, including treatment guidelines based on case reports.• An in-depth review of late-life bereavement, reflecting a wealth of recent research regarding intense and/or "complicated" grief.• The physical consequences of alcoholism in later life, including interactions between alcohol use and chronic or periodic illness in elderly patients.

Chapter summaries are delivered in concise Key Point fashion, and the book's wide array of helpful tables and charts present complex information in an easy-to-absorb form. The Second Edition of Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry is a must-have reference for geriatric psychiatrists and psychologists and other practicing clinicians, residents in training, psychiatric nurses, social workers, and researchers.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: Written and edited by nationally recognized experts in geriatric psychiatry, this book continues to serve as an excellent review for psychiatrists studying for board certification in geriatric psychiatry. This is the second edition of a book that distills the main concepts from The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, 4th edition, which was published in 2009.
Purpose: The purpose is to "to provide the clinician with the current state of scientific understanding as well as practical skills and knowledge base required for dealing with mental disorders in late life." While this is useful for refreshing one's memory in the effort to pass the geriatric psychiatry boards, it does not provide the practical skills needed for treating older patients.
Audience: The intended audience is psychiatrists preparing for the geriatric psychiatry board certification examination, although fellows in geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology, and geriatric neurology also would find it useful. Psychiatry residents who are doing a rotation in geriatric psychiatry would find it helpful.
Features: The first of the book's four parts covers demographic and epidemiological aspects of geriatric psychiatric disorders and the physiology of aging. Part 2 reviews diagnostic issues and summarizes pertinent aspects of the interview, laboratory evaluation, and neuropsychological testing. Specific psychiatric disorders are covered in part 3, which includes chapters on cognitive disorders, movement disorders, psychoses, anxiety, somatoform disorders, adjustment disorders and bereavement, sleep disorders, substance related disorders, and agitation. Part 4 concludes with reviews of various treatment modalities with chapters on psychopharmacology, individual and group therapy, family therapy, and nursing home practice. The best part of the first edition was the section of study questions at the end of each chapter and the study guide at the end of the book. Unfortunately, this was eliminated in this edition. Each chapter remains well referenced. As was true of the first edition, some important topics seem to be left out again, including the validity issues of the DSM pertaining to geriatric psychiatry; a discussion of melancholia as a distinguishable mood disorder with specific treatment responsiveness; and REM behavior, a frequent accompaniment and management problem of the alpha synucleinopathies.
Assessment: This review is excellent for the purpose of preparing for the geriatric psychiatry boards. For a full understanding of geriatric psychiatry and the care needed for elderly patients with mental disorders, training and education beyond reading this book is required.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: Written and edited by nationally recognized experts in geriatric psychiatry, this book continues to serve as an excellent review for psychiatrists studying for board certification in geriatric psychiatry. This is the second edition of a book that distills the main concepts from The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, 4th edition, which was published in 2009.
Purpose: The purpose is to "to provide the clinician with the current state of scientific understanding as well as practical skills and knowledge base required for dealing with mental disorders in late life." While this is useful for refreshing one's memory in the effort to pass the geriatric psychiatry boards, it does not provide the practical skills needed for treating older patients.
Audience: The intended audience is psychiatrists preparing for the geriatric psychiatry board certification examination, although fellows in geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology, and geriatric neurology also would find it useful. Psychiatry residents who are doing a rotation in geriatric psychiatry would find it helpful.
Features: The first of the book's four parts covers demographic and epidemiological aspects of geriatric psychiatric disorders and the physiology of aging. Part 2 reviews diagnostic issues and summarizes pertinent aspects of the interview, laboratory evaluation, and neuropsychological testing. Specific psychiatric disorders are covered in part 3, which includes chapters on cognitive disorders, movement disorders, psychoses, anxiety, somatoform disorders, adjustment disorders and bereavement, sleep disorders, substance related disorders, and agitation. Part 4 concludes with reviews of various treatment modalities with chapters on psychopharmacology, individual and group therapy, family therapy, and nursing home practice. The best part of the first edition was the section of study questions at the end of each chapter and the study guide at the end of the book. Unfortunately, this was eliminated in this edition. Each chapter remains well referenced. As was true of the first edition, some important topics seem to be left out again, including the validity issues of the DSM pertaining to geriatric psychiatry; a discussion of melancholia as a distinguishable mood disorder with specific treatment responsiveness; and REM behavior, a frequent accompaniment and management problem of the alpha synucleinopathies.
Assessment: "This review is excellent for the purpose of preparing for the geriatric psychiatry boards. For a full understanding of geriatric psychiatry and the care needed for elderly patients with mental disorders, training and education beyond reading this book is required. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585624133
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 436
  • Sales rank: 822,900
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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 and President-elect of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Part I: The Basic Science of Geriatric Psychiatry. Demography and epidemiology of psychiatric disorders in late life. Physiological and clinical considerations of geriatric patient care. Part II: Evaluation of Psychiatric Disorders in Late Life. The psychiatric interview of older adults. Use of the laboratory in the diagnostic workup of older adults. Neuropsychological assessment of dementia. Part III: Psychiatric Disorders in Late Life. Delirium. Dementia and milder cognitive syndromes. Mood disorders. Bipolar disorder. Schizophrenia and paranoid disorders. Anxiety disorders. Bereavement. Sleep and circadian rhythm disorders. Alcohol and drug problems. Agitation and suspiciousness. Part IV: Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders in Late Life. Psychopharmacology. Electroconvulsive therapy. Individual and group psychotherapy. Working with families of older adults. Clinical psychiatry in the nursing home. Index.

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