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Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry

Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry, Second Edition

Edited by Dan G. Blazer, M.D., Ph.D., and David C. Steffens, M.D., M.H.S.
2012
436 pages
ISBN 978-1-58562-413-3
Paperback Also Available In: eBook
Item #62413



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.

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.

"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 Inst of Geriatric Psychiatry, NIMH Adv Center for Interventions & Services Research in Late Life Depression

Carmen Andreescu, M.D.
Deborah K. Attix, Ph.D.
John L. Beyer, M.D.
Dan G. Blazer, M.D., Ph.D.
P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.D.
Jack D. Edinger, Ph.D.
Dawn E. Epstein, B.A.
Harold W. Goforth, M.D.
Lisa P. Gwyther, M.S.W.
Li-Wen Huang, A.B.
Celia F. Hybels, Ph.D.
Sharon K. Inouye, M.D., M.P.H.
Dilip V. Jeste, M.D.
Robert M. Kaiser, M.D., M.H.Sc.
Andrew D. Krystal, M.D., M.S.
Nicole M. Lanouette, M.D.
Eric J. Lenze, M.D.
Constantine G. Lyketsos, M.D., M.H.S.
Thomas R. Lynch, Ph.D.
Shahrzad Mavandadi, Ph.D.
Diane E. Meglin, M.S.W.
Benoit H. Mulsant, M.D.
David W. Oslin, M.D.
Bruce G. Pollock, M.D., Ph.D.
Moria J. Smoski, Ph.D.
David C. Steffens, M.D., M.H.S.
Joel E. Streim, M.D.
Mugdha Thakur, M.D.
Larry W. Thompson, Ph.D.
Ipsit V. Vahia, M.D.
Richard D. Weiner, M.D., Ph.D.
Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer, Ph.D.
Julie Loebach Wetherell, Ph.D.
William K. Wohlgemuth, Ph.D.

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.