The Old Age Psychiatry Handbook: A Practical Guide
The Old Age Psychiatry Handbook includes chapters on basic history and mental state examination, specific psychiatric syndromes and prescribing for elderly psychiatric patients. It also discusses the social and legal issues faced by health care practitioners, patients, and their relatives, including mental capacity, financial entitlements and placement. The book is a compact “pocket guide”, with information clearly displayed in concise tables and boxes accompanied by further detail within the text.
Written by doctors working in old age psychiatry, this guide is an indispensable reference tool for F1/F2 grades, Senior House Officers in training, General Practitioners, community psychiatric nurses and other members of the multidisciplinary team. It is also of use in preparation for the MRCPsych examinations.
1 The Assessment of Patients in Old Age Psychiatry.
The psychiatric history in older patients.
The Mental State Examination (MSE).
Assessing cognition with limited time.
Assessment of everyday functioning.
Neuropsychiatric testing and the memory clinic.
Assessment of carers.
Definition and diagnosis of dementia.
Assessment of a patient with dementia.
General management of dementia.
Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
Why differentiate between the dementias?
Dementia with Lewy bodies.
Less common causes of dementia.
Mild cognitive impairment.
Functional and molecular neuroimaging in dementia.
Clinical features and diagnosis.
Risk factors for depression in old age.
Prevention of depression in the elderly.
Depression and dementia.
4 Bipolar Affective Disorder.
Clinical features and diagnosis.
5 Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Anxiety in the elderly.
Generalised anxiety disorder.
Post-traumatic stress disorder.
Other reactions to stress.
Obsessive compulsive disorder.
6 Psychotic Illness.
7 Personality Disorders.
Personality and age.
Definition and classification of personality disorders.
Personality disorders in old age.
Management of personality disorder in old age.
Current guidelines for alcohol consumption.
Detection and screening.
Insomnia and consequences in the elderly.
Causes of insomnia.
Assessment of a patient with insomnia.
Principles of drug treatment in old age psychiatry.
Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
Adverse drug reactions and interactions.
Anticonvulsant mood stabilisers.
Anxiolytics and hypnotics.
Drugs used in dementia.
11 Electroconvulsive Therapy.
Mechanism of action.
ECT and the Mental Health Act.
Pre-ECT physical work-up.
Medication and ECT.
Prevention of relapse.
12 Psychological Therapies.
Cognitive behavioural therapy.
13 Practical, Legal and Social Issues.
Provision of services.
Legal issues in old age psychiatry.
Social and financial issues in old age.
14 Physical Illness and Old Age Psychiatry.
Dr. Joanne Rodda.
Dr. Zuzana Walker, MD FRCPsych. Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Psychiatry of the Elderly at University College London and St. Margaret’s Hospital, Epping, Essex, UK.
"The book is written in an easy assimilated format, ideal for use in the clinic and on the ward." (Doody's, June 2008)
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