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Mental disorders of old age 

Mental disorders of old age

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Mental disorders of old age
Author(s):

Robin Jacoby

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.2902_update_002

July 30, 2015: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

Update:

Dementia—discussion of evidence of the harm that can be caused by antipsychotic drugs, and recommendations for their use.

Updated on 31 May 2012. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 27 June 2017

Mental disorders of old age are important because: (1) demographic trends in all countries show a marked increase in the number of older people, especially the very old; (2) this age group is particularly prone to debilitating mental illness—about 20% of people over 80 have dementia, and over 10% of people over 65 have pervasive depressive symptoms; (3) presentations of mental illness in older people may differ from those at younger ages and go unrecognized—assessment requires a reliable informant, examination of the mental state, and physical examination; (4) the pattern of morbidity differs, with older people suffering more from organic disorder—delirium and dementia; (5) mental and physical illness often occur together, the one sometimes masking the other....

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