10.30.08 Psychopathology and aging

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Unformatted text preview: Click to edit Master subtitle style 11/4/09 Psychopathology and Aging 10/30/2008 11/4/09 Psychopathology in older adults Co-morbidity issues Medical and psychiatric assessment is important Psychiatric symptoms can be primary or secondary medical problems Treatment of medical problems may lead to decreased psychiatric symptoms Treatment of psychiatric symptoms 11/4/09 Medication and the elderly Side effect(increases in elder people) More susceptible to adverse affects of medications Takes longer to reach therapeutic dose Before it begins to work Increased risk of toxicity in older people 11/4/09 Mood disorders Major depressive disorder (depression) Most common of old aged Low mood/anhedonia Appetite disturbance, sleep disturbance, agitation and poor concentration Dysthymia Chronic low mood (at least two years) Bipolar disease 11/4/09 Major depressive disorder One of the most common disorders in elderly Prevalence in elderly is lower in current population Cohort effect?...
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2009 for the course PSY 1357 taught by Professor C.lausberg during the Fall '09 term at Pittsburgh.

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