Behavioral Complications in Alzheimer's Disease is the first book to focus exclusively on Alzheimer's disease and on the noncognitive disturbances associated with this disease. It centers on the emerging data regarding the biology of the illness.
The book provides clinicians with practical management strategies for the identification, measurement, and treatment of behavioral symptoms in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Behavioral Complications in Alzheimer's Disease also informs the nonspecialist and trainee about important new findings. The liberal use of case histories and illustrations makes this a valuable reference text.
Brian A. Lawlor, M.D., F.R.C.P.I., M.R.C.Psych., is Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry at St. James's Hospital, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
Introduction: Behavioral complications in Alzheimer's disease. Phenomenology of Behavioral Disturbance. Agitation: a conceptual overview. Depression in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Biomedical and Quantitative Aspects of Behavioral Symptoms. Medical contributions to the development of behavioral symptoms. Possible neurobiological basis for behavioral symptoms. Measurement of behavioral changes. Management Strategies. Role of neuroleptics in treatment of behavioral complications. Use of benzodiazepines in behaviorally disturbed patients: risk-benefit ratio. Treatment of depression. Nonpharmacological treatment of behavioral symptoms. Pharmacotherapy of behavioral symptoms in dementia: nonneuroleptic agents. Psychosocial Impact. Caregiver distress and behavioral symptoms. Long-term care and the behaviorally disturbed patient. Index.