DB #1 NURS 6521 - At the level one psychiatric facility...

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At the level one psychiatric facility where I work we have seen a rise in the geriatric population. The elderly is prone to the development of psychiatric disorders due to age related changes in the brain. Presentation of psychiatric disorders in the elderly may be mistaken for normal age related changes. Therefore, it is imperative that psychiatrists are trained to recognize and manage mental disorders in the elderly. A 68-year-old man with a history of eczema, asthma, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and hypertension was brought in to our facility by his daughter. The daughter reported that her dad, Joe, who is usually a quiet homebody has turned into someone she does not recognize. Joe has been staying up all night, eating constantly, hyperverbal, overactive, and grandiose. Unable to continue managing him at home she brought him for a psychiatric consultation. Joe’s history was negative for neurological deficits and psychiatric diagnosis’s. Physical exam revealed a flare up of eczema on his arms that was being treated with oral steroids.
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  • Fall '13
  • Psychiatry, oral steroids, substance-induced mood disorders

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