Among psychiatric inpatients with primary degenerative dementia, those with psychotic symptoms (N = 20) were older than those without (N = 20) (t = 3.48; p < 0.001). Persecutory delusions were the most frequent psychotic phenomena. Duration of dementia overlapped, but scores on the Global Deterioration Scale and the Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia… (More)
Grandparenthood as a separate and unique phase in the life cycle has received moderate attention in the literature. The literature is reviewed and found to focus on social aspects, intrapsychic aspects, and symbolic aspects of grandparenthood. Lacking is a cohesive definition of this phase in terms of its particular developmental tasks, conflicts,… (More)
Many families of patients with Alzheimer's disease seem to undergo an intense five-stage reaction process and to face several specific problems when coping with the onset and progression of this debilitating illness. Mental health professionals must provide families with education about Alzheimer's disease and with supportive guidance, so that family… (More)
A 75-year-old depressed woman treated with the monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) phenelzine developed a parkinsonian syndrome that remitted after discontinuation of the drug. The authors discuss possible explanations for this unusual phenomenon.