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The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, Sixth Edition

Edited by David C. Steffens, M.D., M.H.S., and Kristina F. Zdanys, M.D.

  • 2023
  • 848 Pages
  • ISBN 978-1-61537-437-3
  • Item #37437

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Over the course of more than two decades and five previous editions, The American Psychiatric Association Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry has established itself as a foundational resource in the field.

This new edition retains the multidisciplinary and developmental perspectives of its predecessors, drawing on the knowledge not only of psychiatrists but also of relevant biomedical and behavioral experts in order to present the most comprehensive approach to patient care.

It has been extensively updated to reflect the latest scientific advances and clinical developments in the field. Not only will readers find the most up-to-date information on phenomenology, diagnosis, and assessment of late-life mental disorders, they will also access the latest research on psychotherapeutic, psychopharmacological, and other somatic treatments. A dedicated chapter delves into the role of technology—including digital phenotyping, wearables, digital and Web-based neurocognitive testing, and more—in aiding the geriatric mental health workforce and improving both access to care and ongoing support.

Throughout the book, several sections also candidly examine the impact of COVID-19, and its attendant social isolation, on older adult mental health and the evolution of treatment approaches, revealing insights learned about telepsychiatry and care in nursing homes during the pandemic.

Chapters on the legal and ethical factors in the psychiatric care of older adults close out the book, the most exhaustive on the topic. Extensively researched and with key points for ease of reference, this edition will equip both the scholar and the clinician with the current state of scientific understanding as well as the practical skills and knowledge base required for dealing with mental disorders in late life.


  • Chapter 1. Epidemiology of Psychiatric Disorders in Later Life
  • Chapter 2. Physiological and Clinical Considerations of Geriatric Patient Care
  • Chapter 3. Genomics in Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Chapter 4. The Psychiatric Interview of Older Adults
  • Chapter 5. Use of the Laboratory in the Diagnostic Workup of Older Adults
  • Chapter 6. Neuropsychological Assessment of Late-Life Cognitive Disorders
  • Chapter 7. Delirium
  • Chapter 8. Dementia and Mild Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Chapter 9. Depressive Disorders
  • Chapter 10. Bipolar and Related Disorders
  • Chapter 11. Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Chapter 12. Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Trauma-Related Disorders
  • Chapter 13. Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
  • Chapter 14. Sexuality and Aging
  • Chapter 15. Bereavement
  • Chapter 16. Sleep and Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorders
  • Chapter 17. Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
  • Chapter 18. Personality Disorders
  • Chapter 19. Agitation in Older Adults
  • Chapter 20. Psychopharmacology
  • Chapter 21. Electroconvulsive Therapy and Other Forms of Brain Stimulation
  • Chapter 22. Individual and Group Psychotherapy
  • Chapter 23. Working With Families of Older Adults
  • Chapter 24. Clinical Psychiatry in the Nursing Home
  • Chapter 25. Use of Technology in Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Chapter 26. Ethics in Geriatric Mental Health
  • Index


    David H. Adamowicz, M.D., Ph.D.
    Marc Agronin, M.D.
    Patricia Andrews, M.D.
    Lisa Barry, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    John L. Beyer, M.D.
    Dan G. Blazer, M.D., Ph.D.
    Kecia-Ann Blissett, D.O.
    Amy Byers, Ph.D.
    Benjamin P. Chapman, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Michelle L. Conroy, M.D.
    Joan M. Cook, Ph.D.
    Breno S. Diniz, M.D., Ph.D.
    Laura B. Dunn, M.D.
    Richard H. Fortinsky, Ph.D.
    Mary Ganguli, M.D., M.P.H.
    Sarah A. Graham, Ph.D.
    Lisa P. Gwyther, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
    Elizabeth Hathaway, M.D.
    Mustafa M. Husain, M.B.B.S.
    Sharon K. Inouye, M.D., M.P.H.
    Mini Elizabeth Jacob, M.D., Ph.D.
    Jaclyn Olsen Jaeger, D.O., C.M.D.
    Dilip V. Jeste, M.D.
    Elisa Kallioniemi, Ph.D.
    Heejung J. Kim, B.A.
    Daniel S. Kim, M.D.
    Dimitris N. Kiosses, Ph.D.
    George A. Kuchel, M.D.C.M.
    Melinda Lantz, M.D.
    Ellen E. Lee, M.D.
    Constantine G. Lyketsos, M.D., M.H.S.
    Tanya Mailhot, R.N., Ph.D.
    Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D.
    Phelan E. Maruca-Sullivan, M.D.
    Shahrzad Mavandadi, Ph.D.
    Benoit H. Mulsant, M.D., M.S.
    David W. Oslin, M.D.
    David T. Plante, M.D., Ph.D.
    Bruce G. Pollock, M.D., Ph.D.
    Wendy Qiu, M.D., Ph.D.
    Aniqa T. Rahman, B.A.
    Meredith E. Rumble, Ph.D.
    Jane S. Saczynski, Ph.D.
    Stephanie A. Schuette, M.A.
    Adam Simning, M.D., Ph.D.
    Miranda D. Skurla, B.S.
    Moria J. Smoski, Ph.D.
    Beth Springate, Ph.D.
    David C. Steffens, M.D., M.H.S.
    Joel Streim, M.D.
    Rajesh R. Tampi, M.D., M.S.
    Warren D. Taylor, M.D., M.H.Sc.
    Larry W. Thompson, Ph.D.
    Ipsit V. Vahia, M.D.
    Sophia Wang, M.D.
    Richard D. Weiner, M.D., Ph.D.
    Elizabeth A. Wise, M.D.
    Jonathan R. Young, M.D.
    Juan Joseph Young, M.D.
    Kristina F. Zdanys, M.D.

About the Authors

David C. Steffens, M.D., M.H.S., is Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut.

Kristina F. Zdanys, M.D., is Chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program at UConn Health in Farmington, Connecticut.

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