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Mental Disorders in Older Adults: Fundamentals of Assessment and Treatment 2ed

by Steven H Zarit and Judy M Zarit Guilford Publications
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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, innovative assessment strategies, and reproducibles. 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.

Course Use: Serves as a text for courses in psychology and aging, gerontology, geriatric psychiatry, and social work and the aged.

Audience: Practitioners who work with older adults, including gerontologists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and social workers; advanced students in these areas.

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

GÇ£The unique component of this book is that every topic presented is supported with reality-based examples and case studies that are further supported by a rigorous literature review of current evidence. The text is easy to understand and integrates clinical practice and research….I highly recommend Mental Disorders in Older Adults, Second Edition to experienced or student clinicians for use as a reference or learning tool to better understand assessment, care, and treatment of the older adult faced with mental health problems. Experienced professionals, researchers, as well as students will benefit from the knowledge this book has to offer.n++?
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, Jönköping University, Jönköping, 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.