Written for a broad range of mental health professionals, this book explains why depression can be challenging to treat in older adults and describes the most effective interventions. Noted geriatric psychiatrist Gary J. Kennedy draws on extensive clinical experience and research to present current best practices in pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, other psychosocial and lifestyle interventions, and electroconvulsive therapy. Depressive disorders complicated by psychosis, mania, dementia, and bereavement are addressed in detail, as is suicide prevention. Kennedy emphasizes the importance of integrating care across service settings and building strong partnerships with patients and their families. Quick-reference tables throughout the book distill critical elements of intervention.
See also the author's award-winning
Geriatric Mental Health Care: A Treatment Guide for Health Professionals, which provides a framework for treating the most frequently encountered psychiatric problems in this population.
1. The Problem of Depression in Late Life
2. What Causes Depression in Late Life and What Makes It Difficult to Treat?
4. Effective Psychotherapies
5. Other Psychosocial Interventions
6. Diet, Supplements, and Exercise
7. Electroconvulsive Therapy
8. Reducing the Risk of Suicide in Late Life
9. Prevention of Depression: Implications for Collaborative Care