Functional Psychiatric Disorders of the Elderly

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Overview

The first comprehensive reference, rich in practical advice from its international and multidisciplinary team. Depression is the commonest disorder of old age. This is the first comprehensive reference work and practical guide to address such disorders which have no demonstrable organic basis. Illustrated by case histories and neatly cross-referenced the chapters are rich in practical advice from an international team of multidisciplinary contributors. The information is of value to all professionals concerned with the health of the elderly. At last a comprehensive text to address the commonest disorders of old age which, lacking a demonstrable organic basis, have tended to be called functional. Core knowledge, treatments and future research are all detailed and brought into lively focus through case history examples. With multidisciplinary contributors of renown from around the world, this practical guide and exhaustive reference is sure to be of widespread interest to all professionals concerned with the health of the elderly. Until recently, medical literature has sadly neglected the commonest psychiatric disorders of old age. This volume neatly remedies that situation by providing a comprehensive reference and thorough practical guide to all the psychiatric disorders of the elderly not known to be caused by organic disease. Weaving together psychiatry and somatic medicine, the volume covers neuroses, affective disorders, substance abuse, psychosexual disorders, schizophrenia, epidemiology, and treatment methods. Along with case histories that bring much of the detail into lively focus, the chapters are fully cross-referenced and are rich in practical advice on multidisciplinary management strategies. This first exhaustive text on the psychiatry of old age will be of great interest to all professionals concerned with the health of older people, including psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, physical and occupational ther

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Editorial Reviews

Michael J. Schrift
This is an interesting, practical, and comprehensive new book covering the nondementing mental disorders of the elderly. The purpose as stated by the editors is "". . . to provide the first book to deal exclusively with all the nondementing psychiatric disorders for practitioners from all clinical disciplines related to geriatric psychiatry. The editors aimed the book to help clinicians in their day-to-day practice. They note that the dementias have been given much more attention in the past, compared to the functional disorders. They also cite the fact that depression, not dementia, is the most common mental disorder of the elderly. The intended audience for this book are clinicians who treat the elderly. It would be most useful to geriatric psychiatrists. Neurologists, general psychiatrists, neuropsychiatrists, geriatricians and psychiatry residents would also benefit from reading this book. The book lists for $100 and is well worth it. This multiauthored text was stimulated by the Geriatric Psychiatry Section of the World Psychiatric Association held in 1990 in Melbourne, Australia. The book chapters are written by internationally known authors. The book contains 35 chapters grouped into 10 parts. Areas covered include classification, general epidemiology, neuroses, affective disorders, psychosexual disorders, substance use and abuse, schizophrenia and related disorders, psychological/biological and medical issues and treatment methods. The book also includes a useful and detailed index. Each chapter contains a reference section filled with important and up-to-date citations. Most chapters contain helpful tables. This is an excellent, useful, and highly relevant new book written byinternationally known contributors covering an often neglected area of functional psychiatric disorders in the elderly. This book definitely fills this void.
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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an interesting, practical, and comprehensive new book covering the nondementing mental disorders of the elderly.
Purpose: The purpose as stated by the editors is ". . . to provide the first book to deal exclusively with all the nondementing psychiatric disorders for practitioners from all clinical disciplines related to geriatric psychiatry. The editors aimed the book to help clinicians in their day-to-day practice. They note that the dementias have been given much more attention in the past, compared to the functional disorders. They also cite the fact that depression, not dementia, is the most common mental disorder of the elderly.
Audience: The intended audience for this book are clinicians who treat the elderly. It would be most useful to geriatric psychiatrists. Neurologists, general psychiatrists, neuropsychiatrists, geriatricians and psychiatry residents would also benefit from reading this book. The book lists for $100 and is well worth it.
Features: This multiauthored text was stimulated by the Geriatric Psychiatry Section of the World Psychiatric Association held in 1990 in Melbourne, Australia. The book chapters are written by internationally known authors. The book contains 35 chapters grouped into 10 parts. Areas covered include classification, general epidemiology, neuroses, affective disorders, psychosexual disorders, substance use and abuse, schizophrenia and related disorders, psychological/biological and medical issues and treatment methods. The book also includes a useful and detailed index. Each chapter contains a reference section filled with important and up-to-date citations. Most chapters contain helpful tables.
Assessment: This is an excellent, useful, and highly relevant new book written by internationally known contributors covering an often neglected area of functional psychiatric disorders in the elderly. This book definitely fills this void.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521026765
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 652
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor David Ames (BA, MD, FRCPsych, FRANZCP) graduated MB BS from the University of Melbourne in 1978 and trained in psychiatry at the Royal Melbourne (Australia) and Royal Free (London, UK) Hospitals (1982-7). His doctoral thesis was on the topic of depression in aged care homes. He was University of Melbourne Senior Lecturer (1989-1994), Associate Professor (1995-2005) and Professor of Psychiatry of Old Age (2005-2007), before taking up the post of Professor of Ageing and Health and Director of the National Ageing Research Institute in September 2007. He has extensive clinical experience in old age psychiatry and was director of the St Vincent's Health Aged Psychiatry Service from 2005 to 2008. David Ames has also edited the peer-reviewed Cambridge University Press journal International Psychogeriatrics (2003-2011). He has published over 145 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals and has co-edited or written 17 books. His main research interests are the early detection and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and the care of the depressed elderly.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors; Preface; Introduction - a personal note Tom Arie; Acknowledgement; Part I. Classification: 1. Functional psychiatric disorders in ICD 10 Norman Sartorius and T. Bedirhan Üstün; 2. The classification of functional psychiatric disorders in DSM-III-R and DSM-IV Peter Rabins and Marshal Folstein; Part II. General Epidemiology: 3. Epidemiology in the study of functional psychiatric disorders of the elderly Robin Eastwood; Part III. Neuroses: 4. Panic disorders in the elderly Fiona Judd and Graham Burrows; 5. Obsessive-compulsive disorder in the elderly John Tiller; 6. Generalized anxiety and phobic disorders James Lindesay and Sube Banerjee; Part IV. Affective Disorders: 7. The epidemiology of affective disorders in old age John Snowdon; 8. The outcome of depressive illness in old age Peter Burvill; 9. Pseudodementia in geriatric depression Rotimi Bajulaiye and George S. Alexopoulos; 10. Depression in nursing and residential homes David Ames; 11. Depression in primary care settings Martin Blanchard and Anthony Mann; 12. Treatment of depression in the elderly Henry Brodaty and Kaarin Anstey; 13. Mania in late life: conceptual and clinical issues Ken Shulman; 14. Suicide in the elderly Ajit Shah and Thirunavukarasu Ganesvaran; Part V. Psychosexual Disorders: 15. Psychosexual disorders John Kellett; Part VI. Substance Use and Abuse: 16. Substance use and abuse Stephen Ticehurst; Part VII. Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses: 17. The elderly with schizophrenia Heinz Häfner and Martin Hambrecht; 18. Late onset paranoid disorders: I. coming to terms with late paraphrenia Osvaldo Almeida, Robert Howard, Hans Förstl and Raymond Levy; II. paraphrenia, schizophrenia or? Peter Rabins and Godfrey Pearlson; 19. Community or asylum? finding a place to care for the elderly psychiatric patient Chris Gilleard; Part VIII. Psychological, Biological and Medical Issues: 20. A developmental psychology of old age Sid Williams; 21. The biology of functional psychiatric disorders Michael Philpot; 22. Brain imaging in functional psychiatric disorders of the elderly Robert Howard and Barbara Beats; 23. Medical co-morbidity: presentation in a general hospital setting Brice Pitt; 24. Psychiatric aspects of cerebro-vascular disease Peter Burvill; Part IX. Treatment Methods: 25. Geriatric psychopharmacology Brian Leonard; 26. Electro-convulsive therapy in later life Susan Benbow; 27. Family therapy Barbara Knothe and Peter McArdle; 28. Group therapy in the elderly Sanford Finkel, Paul Metler, Wendy Wasson, Karen Berte, Nancy Bailey, Diane Brauer and James Gandy; 29. Integrated psychotherapy of the elderly Joel Sadavoy; 30. Management of the treatment team in a multidisciplinary framework Edmond Chiu; 31. Occupational therapy Kristine Alexander; 32. Nursing management Jan Tinney; 33. Social work and the psychiatry of late life Elizabeth Ozanne; 34. Music therapy Ruth Bright; 35. Physiotherapy Karen Webster and Joan McMeeken; Part X. Conclusion: A concluding overview Brian Davies; Index.

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