Mental Disorders in Older Adults, Second Edition Fundamentals of Assessment and Treatment

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-03-14
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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Steven Zarit - Awarded the Gerontological Society of America's 2009 Distinguished Career Contribution Award!#x3B2C; Now in a revised and expanded second edition, this book provides foundational knowledge and skills for mental health practice with older adults and their caregivers. The authors draw on research and clinical expertise to comprehensively address normal aging processes, frequently encountered clinical problems, and effective approaches to evaluation, psychotherapy, family support, and consultation in institutional settings. Updated throughout with the latest knowledge, the second edition features many new case examples, a new chapter on treating anxiety, and innovative assessment strategies. Increased attention is given to different forms of dementia and how to distinguish among them. Coverage of psychopharmacology and combined treatments also has been expanded.

Author Biography

Steven H. Zarit, PhD, is Professor and Head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Pennsylvania State University, and is also Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Gerontology, J\u00f6nk\u00f6ping University, J\u00f6nk\u00f6ping, Sweden. He has conducted research on late-life issues, particularly family caregiving and adaptation for older adults. Dr. Zarit is a recipient of the Distinguished Career Contribution Award from the Gerontological Society of America. Judy M. Zarit, PhD, has been in private practice in State College, Pennsylvania, since 1986. She specializes in neuropsychological assessment of dementia and clinical interventions with older adults. Dr. Zarit also provides consultation services to nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Clinical Practice with Older Adults 2. Normal Processes of Aging 3. Disorders of Aging: Dementia, Delirium, and Other Cognitive Problems 4. Mood and Anxiety Disorders 5. Other Common Mental Health Problems in Later Life 6. The Clinical Interview 7. Psychological Testing for Differential Diagnosis and Capacity Evaluations 8. Foundations of Treatment 9. Treatment of Depression 10. Treatment of Anxiety Symptoms 11. Treatment of Paranoid Symptoms 12. Treatment of Dementia 13. Family Caregiving 14. Consultation in Institutional Settings 15. Ethical Issues in Geriatric Psychology

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