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Depression and Anxiety in Later Life: What Everyone Needs to Know

by Mark D Miller and Charles F Reynolds III Johns Hopkins University Press
Pub Date:
09/2012
ISBN:
9781421406305
Format:
Pbk 224 pages
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AU$49.99 NZ$47.82
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Physical problems and emotional stresses, such as bereavement, health conditions, pain, concerns about the future, side effects of medications, and the accumulated effects of lifestyle choices, may lead to depression or anxiety in older people. However, as Drs. Mark D. Miller and Charles F. Reynolds III know, these mental disorders are not a natural or an inevitable part of aging. In Depression and Anxiety in Later Life, these psychiatrists show how depression and anxiety can be avoided or minimized by adapting to changing circumstances while controlling risk factors and getting help when it's needed.

This reassuring book balances discussions of the causes, symptoms, and treatments of mental illness with descriptions of successful adaptive aging. Case studies illustrate the less obvious depression symptoms of irritability, disorganization, and social withdrawal. Readers will find information about memory loss, pain, sleep, nutrition, and end-of-life issues particularly helpful.

Aging can be challenging, but it doesn't always lead to depression or anxiety. Depression and Anxiety in Later Life will help older people, their family members, and caregivers make positive changes to take control of their own individual situations.

Preface
I. Understanding Mood Disorders: Knowledge Is Power
1. What You Need to Know about Depression
2. What You Need to Know about Anxiety
II. Handling Challenges over the Next Thirty Years
3. Coping with Memory Loss
4. Living with Illness and Disability
5. Getting Relief from Physical Pain
6. Understanding Sleep and Fatigue
7. Coping with the Loss of a Loved One
8. Stopping Overuse of Alcohol or Prescription Drugs
9. Maintaining Healthy Body Weight and Nutrition
10. Preserving (or Renewing) Sexual Pleasure
11. Planning for Life's Final Phase
12. Finding Meaning and Fulfillment—and Fun
Acknowledgments
Resources
Selected References
Index

''This book will set the standard for some time to come... A first-rate resource for families and loved ones of depressed elders.''—Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, reviewing Living Longer Depression Free

''Mark Miller and Charles F. Reynolds III are two of the leading geriatric depression researchers... This book provides a valuable resource for older patients and their families.''—Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, reviewing Living Longer Depression Free
Mark D. Miller, M.D., is associate professor of psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Charles F. Reynolds III, M.D., is professor at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and senior associate dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is associate editor of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.