Now in its Second Edition, this practical guide focuses on assessment, diagnosis, and management of the complex array of dementia disorders seen in older patients. Using the conversational style and clinical vignettes found in all Practical Guides in Psychiatry titles, Dr. Agronin addresses all the subtypes of dementia and associated psychiatric conditions such as agitation, psychosis, and depression. This edition features a new chapter on mild cognitive impairment and expanded coverage of Alzheimer disease and risk factors.
Chapters offer advice on caregiver support and legal and ethical concerns. Handy pocket-card appendices include tests used in the dementia workup and treatment guides for agitation, psychosis, and depression.
The Practical Guides in Psychiatry series provides quick, concise information for professionals on the front lines of mental health care. Written in an easy-to-read, conversational style, these invaluable resources take you through each step of the psychiatric care process, delivering fast facts and helpful strategies that help you provide effective and compassionate care to your patients.
SECTION I: CLINICAL ASSESSMENT OF DEMENTIA Dementia Defined The Dementia Interview The Dementia Workup I: History The Dementia Workup II: Physical, Neurological, and Mental Status Examination The Dementia Workup III: Medical, Psychiatric, and Neuropsychological Tests SECTION II:DEMENTIA SUBTYPES Mild Cognitive Impairment Alzheimer Disease: Definition and Diagnosis Treatment of Alzheimer Disease Vascular Dementia Dementia with Lewy Bodies Frontotemporal Dementia Dementia Associated with Medical Conditions SECTION III:PSYCHIATRIC CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH DEMENTIA Assessment of Agitation and Psychosis Treatment of Agitation and Psychosis Assessment and Treatment of Depression and Apathy SECTION IV:PSYCHOSOCIAL ISSUES IN DEMENTIA CARE Caring for the Caregiver Legal and Ethical Issues APPENDICES A: Pocket Cards: Dementia Workup Dementia Screen Questions The Dementia Workup: History The Dementia Workup: Physical Examination The Dementia Workup: Mental Status Examination The Cognitive Screen for Dementia Clock Drawing Test The Dementia Workup: Tests B: Pocket Cards: Agitation, Psychosis, and Delirium in Dementia Assessment of Agitation and Psychosis in Dementia Confusion Assessment Method Rating Scale for Delirium Treatment of Agitation and Psychosis in Dementia OBRA, or Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, Guidelines OBRA, or Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, Dosing Guidelines C: Pocket Cards: Depression in Dementia Assessment of Depression in Dementia Depression Symptom Checklist for Dementia Psychopharmacologic Treatment of Depression in Dementia D: Pocket Card: Caregiver Assessment The Mini-Burden Interview Suggested Readings