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Delirium, Dementia, Apathy Require Individualized Treatment

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - WASHINGTON, DC-Comorbid neuropsychiatric conditions in elderly cancer patients, which commonly occur but are underdiagnosed, should be identified and treated to improve quality of life, according to clinical psychologist Margaret Booth- Jones, PhD. Reporting at the first annual Geriatric Oncology Consortium multidisciplinary conference, entitled "Advancing Cancer Care in the Elderly," Dr. Booth-Jones said delirium, dementia, and apathy are just several neuropsychiatric… Continue

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Identifying Neurobiological Correlates of Suicide Risk in Depression

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Patients suffering from depressive disorders, particularly those with a history of suicide attempt, are at increased risk for future suicidal acts. Neurobiological studies of suicidal behavior have investigated anomalies that distinguish suicide attempters and completers from individuals who are depressed but do not engage in any suicidal behavior. To aid in the development of a predictive model in which both biological measures and clinical instruments are used to… Continue

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Suicidal Behavior in the Elderly

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Assessment and treatment of suicidal patients is one of the most difficult and anxiety-provoking tasks for mental health care professionals. In the case of elderly patients who may often talk about death and dying, assessing suicide risk is even more challenging.



Epidemiological data may help to understand risk and protective factors but they cannot guide the evaluation of individual patients. Suicide rates vary greatly with age, gender and ethnicity. The… Continue

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