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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.
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Table of Contents

Contributors/Disclosure of InterestsPrefacePart I: The Basic Science of Geriatric PsychiatryChapter 1. Demography and epidemiology of psychiatric disorders in late lifeChapter 2. Physiological and clinical considerations of geriatric patient carePart II: Evaluation of Psychiatric Disorders in Late LifeChapter 3. The psychiatric interview of older adultsChapter 4. Use of the laboratory in the diagnostic workup of older adultsChapter 5. Neuropsychological assessment of dementiaPart III: Psychiatric Disorders in Late LifeChapter 6. DeliriumChapter 7. Dementia and milder cognitive syndromesChapter 8. Mood disordersChapter 9. Bipolar disorderChapter 10. Schizophrenia and paranoid disordersChapter 11. Anxiety disordersChapter 12. BereavementChapter 13. Sleep and circadian rhythm disordersChapter 14. Alcohol and drug problemsChapter 15. Agitation and suspiciousnessPart IV: Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders in Late LifeChapter 16. PsychopharmacologyChapter 17. Electroconvulsive therapyChapter 18. Individual and group psychotherapyChapter 19. Working with families of older adultsChapter 20. Clinical psychiatry in the nursing homeIndex

About 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.

Reviews

"The "Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry" was written by the main innovators of our field. This orchestra of accomplished clinician-investigators, under the skillful batons of Blazer and Steffens, created a book that will guide the readers' thinking and practice for many years."-- "George S. Alexopoulos, M.D., S. Tobin and A. Cooper Professor, Director, Weill-Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry, NIMH Advanced Center for Interventions & Services Research in Late Life Depression, White Plains, NY" "The Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry were written by the main innovators of our field. This orchestra of accomplished clinician-investigators, under the skillful batons of Blazer and Steffens, created a book that will guide the readers' thinking and practice for many years."-- "George S. Alexopoulos, M.D. S. Tobin and A. Cooper Professor, Director, Weill-Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry, NIMH Advanced Center for Interventions & Services Research in Late Life Depression, White Plains, NY"

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