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Geriatric Depression: A Clinical Guide

by Gary J Kennedy Guilford Publications
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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.  


KEY POINTS * Concise clinical guide to addressing depression in older adults, an often missed yet treatable disorder commonly faced by clients in later life. * Appropriate for a diverse audience, including psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, and bereavement counselors. * Covers frequently overlooked aspects of treatment, including diet and exercise, prevention strategies, and reducing the risk of suicide. * From an expert, award-winning geriatric psychiatrist.   AUDIENCE Clinical and health psychologists, gerontologists, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, and bereavement specialists; graduate students and residents.  COURSE USE May serve as a text in graduate-level courses on geriatric mental health.

1. The Problem of Depression in Late Life
2. What Causes Depression in Late Life and What Makes It Difficult to Treat?
3. Pharmacotherapy
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

Gary J. Kennedy, MD, is Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and of the Leslie and Roslyn Goldstein Fellowship Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. Dr. Kennedy is certified in Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. He is a past president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and a past chair of the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation. Dr. Kennedy is the recipient of an Award for Excellence in Program Innovation from the Archstone Foundation and an Exemplary Psychiatrists Award from National Alliance for Mental Illness and a Leo and Julia Forchheimer Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. His research has focused on suicidal ideation, the epidemiology of depression and dementia, psychiatric services in primary care, and novel approaches to connecting community-based agencies and academic medical centers. His book Geriatric Mental Health Care: A Treatment Guide for Health Professionals, published in 2000, received a Book of the Year Award in Gerontology from the American Journal of Nursing and in 2014 was listed as one of 100 Great Books for the Social Worker’s Library by MSW Online Programs.