Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry

Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry

by Dan G. Blazer
     
 

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This new book is a boiled down version of The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, 3rd edition, which was published in 2004. Written and edited by nationally recognized experts in geriatric psychiatry, this book serves the purpose of being an excellent review for psychiatrists studying for board certification in geriatric psychiatry.
Purpose: The intended purpose is "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 information base in the effort to pass the geriatric psychiatry boards, the practical skills needed for treating older patients is not going to be obtained from this book.
Audience: The intended audience includes psychiatrists preparing for taking the geriatric psychiatry board certification examination. The book would also be useful for fellows in geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology, and geriatric neurology. Psychiatry residents who are rotating in geriatric psychiatry would also find it useful.
Features: Part 1 of the book's four parts covers demographic and epidemiologic aspects of geriatric psychiatric disorders as well as 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 book is the section of study questions at the end of each chapter and the study guide at the end of the book. The study guide explains the answer to each question with references to the relevant literature. Each chapter is well referenced as well. Unfortunately, some important topics seem to be left out, 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 book 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 the reading this book is required.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585629602
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/22/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
436
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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