Mental Health and the Elderly [NOOK Book]

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The demographic shift to a much older population is having a large impact on social work professionals who have traditionally been the primary caretakers of the elderly. As more people are living into advanced old age, it is becoming increasingly important to understand and treat the wide range of psychological disorders which may affect them, rather than simply attributing the disorders to senescence as was frequently done in the past. Mental Health and the Elderly: A Social Work Perspective is a comprehensive ...
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Mental Health and the Elderly

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Overview

The demographic shift to a much older population is having a large impact on social work professionals who have traditionally been the primary caretakers of the elderly. As more people are living into advanced old age, it is becoming increasingly important to understand and treat the wide range of psychological disorders which may affect them, rather than simply attributing the disorders to senescence as was frequently done in the past. Mental Health and the Elderly: A Social Work Perspective is a comprehensive guide to diagnosis and treatment of the range of disorders affecting the elderly. Each chapter, written by a renowned expert in the field, discusses a specific disorder from a social work perspective, integrating the biological, psychological, and social dimensions of the problem. Topics include depressive disorders, the Alzheimer's patient, anxiety states, alcohol addiction, suicide, schizophrenia, paranoia, the autistic elderly, and fears and phobias, among others. Each chapter includes a description of the condition, a brief historical perspective, and a discussion of the latest research on the topic drawn from a variety of disciplines. Cases are integrated throughout the chapters, as is material concerning the role of family members and other loved ones in the lives of the elderly. Special attention is given to the social work role as it relates to care and the provision of services. Emphasis is also placed on how social workers can effectively collaborate with colleagues in other related professions. Finally, the book accentuates a healthy orientation for people at this life stage and the need to focus on strengths. Mental Health and the Elderly is required reading for the health care professional working with the elderly. It is also an excellent resource for students taking courses in psychopathology, gerontology, or human growth and development.

Discusses specific disorders from a social work perspective, integrating biologic/psychological/social dimensions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451602555
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 539
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
About the Contributors
1 The Elderly: A Biopsychosocial Overview 1
2 The Losses of Late Life: Elder Responses and Practice Models 10
3 Neurological Disorders 25
4 Alzheimer's Disease: The Family Affliction 53
5 Schizophrenia in the Elderly 83
6 Elderly People with Autism: Defining a Social Work Agenda for Research and Practice 102
7 Paranoia in the Elderly 115
8 Aging in Persons with Developmental Disabilities 136
9 Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders 161
10 Depressive Disorders 183
11 Adjustment Disorders 208
12 Borderline Personality Disorders 220
13 Narcissistic Personality Disorder 249
14 Fear and Phobias 271
15 Antisocial Behavior in Old Age 304
16 Alcohol and Elderly People 328
17 Medication Problems and Drug Abuse 355
18 Psychosexual Issues and Aging 375
19 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 396
20 Suicide and the Elderly 425
21 Family Issues and the Elderly 454
22 Psychosocial Problems and the Needs of the Elderly in Mental Health 478
23 An Overview 504
Acknowledgments 513
Index 515
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