Building on the success of "Practical Psychiatry of Old Age" now in its Fourth Edition, this book looks in more detail at affective disorders from a variety of perspectives. It includes expert contributions on areas such as aetiology, diagnosis and psychological and pharmacological treatment. It also focuses on a contextual approach to the management of affective disorders in areas like primary care and geriatric medicine, as well as the specific contributions of disciplines such as nursing, social work and occupational therapy. User and carer viewpoints are also included, along with the often neglected spiritual aspects of managing these conditions. This balanced, inclusive and practical approach makes it ideal for all members of the multi-disciplinary team involved in the management of affective disorders in older people.
Table of Contents
Affective disorders in the new millennium. Affective disorders in old age; detection and clinical features. Aetiology of late life affective disorder. Pharmacological management of depression in older people. Pharmacological treatment of bipolar affective disorder in old age. Electricity, magnetism and mood. Psychotherapy with older people. Depression in physically ill older people. Relationship between physical illness and affective disorders. Depression in primary care The role of the nurse in the assessment, diagnosis and management of patients with affective disorders. Occupational therapy and affective disorders. Social services for older people with depression. Carer and service user perspectives of affective disorders in older people. Cultural aspects of affective disorders in older people. Religion/spirituality and depression in old age. An overview of human drug development.