Guide to the Psychiatry of Old Age

Guide to the Psychiatry of Old Age

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With rapid ageing of the world's population, psychiatry of old age has become a crucial discipline. This succinct guide to the scope and practice of the psychiatry of old age provides an up-to-date summary of existing knowledge, best practice and future challenges for the specialty, from a global perspective. From definitions and demography to epidemiology, aetiology, and principles of assessment, diagnosis and management, each chapter is sharp, clear and practical, enhanced by tables and diagrams for quick assimilation and reference on the ward or in the clinic. As well as the main psychiatric conditions encountered in old age, coverage also includes legal and ethical issues, and the neglected topic of alcohol and drug abuse in the elderly. Written by leading clinicians, teachers and researchers and offering a much-needed international focus, this compact guide is essential reading for practising psychiatrists and geriatricians, as well as trainees, nurses and medical students.Introduction This chapter addresses an approach to the differential diagnosis of the major syndromes encountered in the psychiatry of old age, namely the 3Ds a€“ depression, delirium and dementia. In terms of prevalence, these conditionsanbsp;...

Title:Guide to the Psychiatry of Old Age
Author:David Ames, Edmond Chiu, James Lindesay, Kenneth I. Shulman
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2010-07-01


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