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.
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)
PURPOSE The psychiatric home visit is an effective intervention for elderly patients who otherwise would not receive mental health services. Home visits also have potential to be useful for training. Here, the current practice of home visits in geropsychiatry fellowship programs is examined. DESIGN AND METHODS The directors of 55 current geropsychiatry… (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)