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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923819/geriatric-anorexia-nervosa
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Moaweya Zayed, Joseph P Garry
Eating disorders are not commonly diagnosed in individuals aged >50 years, yet they are associated with significant psychiatric comorbidities and overall morbidity. Anorexia nervosa is the most common eating disorder among this age group, and women are affected most often. We present the fatal case of a 66-year old woman with severe malnutrition and newly diagnosed anorexia nervosa. Inpatient refeeding was unsuccessful, and she succumbed to multisystem organ failure. The timely recognition of eating disorders among older people is important for family physicians who care for patients across the life spectrum...
September 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880346/-rom-for-the-elderly-a-prospective-cohort-study-of-the-outcomes-on-the-honos-65-in-various-diagnostic-groups
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M L M Hermens, M A Nugter, N Mooij, A W Hoogendoorn, G E van Son, S Robbers, M M van Bueren, A T F Beekman, J Theunissen
Routine outcome monitoring (rom) provides us with opportunities to study treatment outcome in daily clinical practice and to learn from the results.<br/> AIM: To assess the changes that occur in the psychological and social functioning of patients in geriatric psychiatry who are suffering from substance dependence, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, psychotic disorder, or personality disorder.<br/> METHOD: We analysed data relating to 1,810 patients (aged 60-101) from nine mental health care organisations that together form SynQuest cv...
2017: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871317/-drug-therapy-safety-at-the-transition-from-hospital-to-community-medicine
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M Hahn, S C Roll, J Klein
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the qualitative and quantitative changes of medications during the stay on a geriatric-psychiatric ward where the medication was optimized by a clinical pharmacist, and after discharge. The goal of the study was to analyze the continuity of the medication at the transfer from hospital to ambulatory care. METHODS: We interviewed 41 patients on the phone about their drug regimen 4 and 12 weeks after discharge. Medications were compared to their discharge medication...
September 4, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864837/near-infrared-spectroscopy-nirs-and-vagus-somatosensory-evoked-potentials-vsep-in-the-early-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease-rationale-design-methods-and-first-baseline-data-of-the-vogel-study
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Thomas Polak, Martin J Herrmann, Laura D Müller, Julia B M Zeller, Andrea Katzorke, Matthias Fischer, Fabian Spielmann, Erik Weinmann, Leif Hommers, Martin Lauer, Andreas J Fallgatter, Jürgen Deckert
Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and vagus somatosensory evoked potentials (VSEP) show deviant patterns in subjects with Alzheimer's disease (AD) compared to healthy controls. We now aimed at testing the predictive value of these methods in the early diagnosis of AD. The Vogel study is a prospective, observational, long-term follow-up study with three time points of investigation within 6 years. Residents of the city of Würzburg born between 1936 and 1941 were recruited. Every participant underwent physical, psychiatric, and laboratory examinations, and performed an intense neuropsychological testing as well as VSEP and NIRS according to the published procedures...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856665/discharge-plans-for-geriatric-inpatients-with-delirium-a-plan-to-stop-antipsychotics
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Kim G Johnson, Adedayo Fashoyin, Ramiro Madden-Fuentes, Andrew J Muzyk, Jane P Gagliardi, Mamata Yanamadala
BACKGROUND: Studies show inpatient geriatric patients with reversible conditions like delirium may continue on antipsychotic medications without clear indications after hospital discharge. We conducted this study to determine how often geriatric patients were discharged on a newly started antipsychotic during admission with a plan for discontinuation of the antipsychotic documented in the discharge summary. DESIGN: We conducted retrospective chart review identifying geriatric inpatients in our health system started on a new antipsychotic during admission...
August 30, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852239/physical-comorbidity-and-its-impact-on-symptom-profile-of-depression-among-elderly-patients-attending-psychiatry-services-of-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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Sandeep Grover, Eish Dalla, Aseem Mehra, Subho Chakrabarti, Ajit Avasthi
AIM: This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of physical comorbidities among elderly patients with depression attending psychiatric services and the secondary aim of the study was to evaluate the influence of physical comorbidities on symptom profile of depression. METHODOLOGY: 140 patients with a diagnosis of depression as per the International Classification of Diseases-10 criteria were evaluated on Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) and a physical comorbidity checklist...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851471/a-systematic-evaluation-of-impulsive-aggressive-behavior-in-psychogeriatric-inpatients-using-the-staff-observation-aggression-scale-revision-soas-r
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Myrella Paschali, Daniel Kamp, Claudia Reichmann, Michaela Jaenner, Christian Lange-Asschenfeldt, Tillmann Supprian
BACKGROUND: Impulsive-aggressive behavior is a significant challenge in geriatric psychiatry and requires professional evaluation and management. METHODS: SOAS-R scales (Staff Observation Aggression Scale-Revision) completed by medical staff on three secure psychiatric wards were analyzed during a period of 12 months. Patients were subdivided into the following two diagnostic subgroups: dementia and other diagnoses. RESULTS: A total of 146 aggressive incidents involving 66 patients were reported (8...
August 30, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800801/behavioral-emergencies-special-considerations-in-the-geriatric-psychiatric-patient
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REVIEW
Awais Aftab, Asim A Shah
This article reviews psychiatric considerations and common psychiatric emergencies in the elderly. The elderly are vulnerable to medication side-effects because of pharmacokinetic changes from aging, and require lower doses and slower titration. They are a high-risk group for suicide, with more serious intent, fewer warning signs, and more lethality. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of delirium in emergency settings is essential, given association with worse outcomes when undiagnosed. Pharmacologic options with demonstrable efficacy for agitation in dementia are limited to antipsychotics, which are, however, associated with an increased risk of mortality; behavioral interventions are universally recommended as first-line measures...
September 2017: Psychiatric Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767205/prevalence-and-pharmacotherapy-of-behavioral-and-psychological-symptoms-of-dementia-in-a-geriatric-psychiatry-unit-a-retrospective-analysis
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Arnim Quante, Atdhe Sulejmani
Objective: To observe (1) the proportion and nature of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) in patients treated at a geriatric psychiatry ward in Germany over a time span of 1 year and (2) the use and effect of various pharmacologic interventions in managing BPSD in a real-world scenario. Methods: This study was a naturalistic, retrospective analysis. Between May 2015 and May 2016, 437 patients aged 65 to 100 years with various psychiatric diseases (including dementia, schizophrenia, and depression) were admitted to a geriatric psychiatry unit in Germany...
July 27, 2017: Primary Care Companion to CNS Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745415/self-reported-psychiatric-symptoms-associated-with-anticipated-close-psychiatry-follow-up-and-or-hospitalization-status-in-geriatric-psychiatry-patients-a-preliminary-study
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Salam El-Majzoub, Arian Behzadi, Eric Lis, Ghizlane Moussaoui, Ching Yu, Marilyn Segal, Karl J Looper, Eduardo Chachamovich, Soham Rej
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 26, 2017: Psychogeriatrics: the Official Journal of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731429/severity-of-depression-impacts-imminent-conversion-from-mild-cognitive-impairment-to-alzheimer-s-disease
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Michaela Defrancesco, Josef Marksteiner, Georg Kemmler, Walter Wolfgang Fleischhacker, Imrich Blasko, Eberhard A Deisenhammer
BACKGROUND: Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) has been suggested to represent a prodromal stage of dementia and to confer a high risk for conversion to dementia Alzheimer's type (DAT). OBJECTIVES: In this study, we examined the predictive value of depressive symptoms and neuropsychological variables on conversion of MCI to DAT. METHODS: Neuropsychological and clinical follow-up data of 260 MCI patients seen at the Psychiatric Memory Clinic of the Medical University of Innsbruck between 2005 and 2015 were analyzed retrospectively...
2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711192/predictors-of-anxiety-in-early-stage-parkinson-s-disease-results-from-the-first-two-years-of-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Sonja Rutten, Peter M van der Ven, Daniel Weintraub, Gregory M Pontone, Albert F G Leentjens, Henk W Berendse, Ysbrand D van der Werf, Odile A van den Heuvel
AIM: Anxiety has a negative impact on daily functioning and quality of life in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). This study aims at assessing which sociodemographic and clinical characteristics predict the course of anxiety in early PD. METHODS: The participants of this two-year prospective cohort study were recently diagnosed PD patients not receiving psychiatric medications or dopamine replacement therapy at baseline. Assessments were performed annually after baseline...
July 5, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675999/subduing-the-green-eyed-monster-bridging-the-psychopharmacological-and-psychosocial-treatment-perspective-in-understanding-pathological-jealousy
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Farah Deena Abdul Samad, Hatta Sidi, Jaya Kumar, Srijit Das, Marhani Midin, Nurul Hazwani Hatta
Human being is not spared from a broad-ranged emotional state, including being jealous. Jealousy has both affective-cognitive and behavioural-evaluative dimension where the person perceives, or experiences a real threat on a valued relationship. As this complex emotion becomes irrational and not amenable to reason, it later transforms into a dangerously 'green-eyed monster'. This perilous situation which is viewed as pathological jealousy is a form of delusion, which is maintained by a fixed and false reasoning in an originally entrusted intimate relationship...
July 4, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675312/an-investigation-of-the-psychometric-properties-of-the-geriatric-anxiety-scale-gas-in-an-italian-sample-of-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Alessia Gatti, Juliana Gottschling, Agostino Brugnera, Roberta Adorni, Cristina Zarbo, Angelo Compare, Daniel L Segal
BACKGROUND: The Italian older adult population is increasing and psychiatric problems, such as anxiety among older adults, represent major challenges for public welfare. A strong need exists for instruments specifically developed to assess anxiety among Italian older adults. The Geriatric Anxiety Scale (GAS) is a 30-item self-report questionnaire that evaluates anxiety among older adults and has demonstrated strong psychometric properties in several languages. OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to validate an Italian version of the GAS (GAS-I) and to preliminarily investigate its psychometric properties...
July 4, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619861/geriatrics-and-the-legal-system
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Stephanie C Yarnell, Paul D Kirwin, Howard V Zonana
Correctional systems, already struggling to meet the basic and functional requirements of older prisoners, will be further challenged by the increasing medical and psychiatric needs of this population. Mental health and general medical care for older adults requires specific on-site or consultation expertise in geriatric medicine and psychiatry, as well as potential changes in infrastructure, both of which may be prohibitively expensive. However, compassionate and effective treatment of older prisoners requires that prison and legal systems facilitate this expert care...
June 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590144/pharmacological-treatment-of-depression-in-geriatric-chronic-pain-patients-a-biopsychosocial-approach-integrating-functional-restoration
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REVIEW
Peter Polatin, Kelley Bevers, Robert J Gatchel
A recent literature review concluded that the comorbidity of chronic pain and depression in adults is approximately 50%-65%. Physical and cognitive declines, concurrent multiple health conditions, and complex medication regimens add to the unique and complex challenges of effectively treating pain in particularly geriatric populations. Interdisciplinary medical intervention and monitoring for psychiatric sequelae, such as depression, cognitive change, and synergistic physical side effects are necessary. Areas covered: This review covers an extensive multi-database wide search of the pharmacotherapy of pain and depression in older adults, including biopsychosocial approaches...
September 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589496/screening-of-autism-spectrum-disorders-in-geriatric-psychiatry
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S M J Heijnen-Kohl, R M Kok, R M H J Wilting, G Rossi, S P J van Alphen
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are difficult to detect in old age. This study examined if ASD symptoms in older adults (age > 60) can be detected with the Dutch informant personality questionnaire, (Hetero-Anamnestische Persoonlijkheidsvragenlijst, HAP) in a mental health setting. Patients with ASD (N = 40) were compared to patients with a different psychiatric diagnosis (N = 43; personality disorders excluded). The ASD group had significant higher scores on the scales 'Socially avoidant behavior', 'Rigid behavior' and 'Unpredictable and impulsive behavior'...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540050/effect-of-atypical-antipsychotics-on-body-weight-in-geriatric-psychiatric-inpatients
#18
Eugene Yh Yeung, Soojin Chun, Alan Douglass, Timothy E Lau
BACKGROUND: Studies suggest that antipsychotic-induced weight gain is not a great concern in the elderly population. This study investigated the weight change in elderly patients with various treatment duration and antipsychotics. Part 1 of the study was to determine whether atypical antipsychotics induced weight change in elderly patients. Part 2 was to determine whether certain atypical antipsychotics induced more weight change in elderly patients. METHODS: In Part 1, a retrospective chart review was done on 115 geriatric inpatients...
2017: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534301/effects-of-acetyl-l-carnitine-in-diabetic-neuropathy-and-other-geriatric-disorders
#19
REVIEW
G Sergi, S Pizzato, F Piovesan, C Trevisan, N Veronese, E Manzato
A long history of diabetes mellitus and increasing age are associated with the onset of diabetic neuropathy, a painful and highly disabling complication with a prevalence peaking at 50% among elderly diabetic patients. Acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) is a molecule derived from the acetylation of carnitine in the mitochondria that has an essential role in energy production. It has recently been proposed as a therapy to improve the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. ALC is widely distributed in mammalian tissues, including the brain, blood-brain barrier, brain neurons, and astrocytes...
May 22, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533149/prevalence-and-characteristics-of-catatonia-on-admission-to-an-acute-geriatric-psychiatry-ward
#20
Jorge Cuevas-Esteban, Maria Iglesias-González, Maria Rubio-Valera, Jordi Serra-Mestres, Antoni Serrano-Blanco, Luisa Baladon
BACKGROUND: This study aims to describe the prevalence of catatonia in a population of older acute psychiatric inpatients according to different diagnostic criteria. Secondary objectives are: to compare the catatonic symptom profile, prevalence, and severity, in respect to the underlying aetiology, and to evaluate the association between catatonic and somatic comorbidity. METHODS: The study included 106 patients admitted to an acute geriatric psychiatry ward. Catatonia was assessed using the Bush Francis Catatonia Rating Scale (BFCRS)...
August 1, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
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