With an increasing global ageing population, the psychiatry of old age has become increasingly important. This revised second edition remains a succinct manual on the practice of psychiatry of old age, providing an up-to-date summary of existing knowledge, best practice and future challenges for the specialty, from a global perspective. Written by four leading clinicians, teachers and researchers, the book offers a much-needed international focus and is designed for use in a wide variety of countries and settings. Chapters are presented in a clear and practical way, enhanced by current and comprehensive further reading sections as well as tables and diagrams for quick assimilation and reference. The new edition is updated to incorporate new developments in assessment, investigation, classification, treatment and care since the publication of the first edition, including the ICD-11 and DSM-5. Essential reading for practising psychiatrists and geriatricians, as well as trainees, nurses and medical students.
Table of Contents:
1. What is the psychiatry of old age and why do we need it?; 2. Assessing the elderly psychiatric patient; 3. Differential diagnosis - The 3 Ds; 4. The dementias; 5. Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia; 6. Delirium; 7. Mood disorders in late life (A - Depression, B - Bipolar disorder and mania); 8. Schizophrenia and related disorders in late life; 9. Neurotic and personality disorders (A - Neurotic disorders, B - Personality disorders); 10. Substance abuse and Iatrogenesis in late life; 11. Services for older patients with psychiatric disorders; 12. The future of the psychiatry of old age.
About the Authors:
David Ames is an Emeritus Professor in the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Damien Gallagher is an Old Age Psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada.
Samantha Loi is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and an Old Age Psychiatrist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia.
Tom Russ is Director of the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh and Network Champion for the Neuroprogressive and Dementia Network, NHS Research Scotland.