John D Chandler

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A case is presented in which a young man with no psychiatric history and no previous exposure to psychotropic medication rapidly developed severe catatonia and autonomic hyperactivity, and an elevated creatine kinase level. He was treated with electroconvulsive therapy and recovered completely. This case suggests that a subgroup of patients who presented(More)
The prevalence of neuropsychiatric disorders and other medical illnesses was investigated in 65 nursing home residents. The authors found neuropsychiatric disorders to be present in 94% of the sample. The neuropathologic causes of these syndromes were found to be more diverse than in previous studies. The most frequent causes were degenerative, vascular,(More)
Memory complaints and memory deficits were investigated in 206 consecutively admitted psychiatric inpatients at the University of Iowa Psychiatric Hospital. Forty-five percent of patients over age 60 years and 29% of patients less than 60 years old had severe memory complaints. Patients with complaints of memory loss were no more likely than patients(More)
Akathesia is a common side effect of neuroleptic medication and has been reported to occur in patients with Tourette's Syndrome (TS). In TS, the differentiation between untreated hyperactivity and akathesia can be difficult. A case of neuroleptic treated TS with hyperactivity versus akathesia is presented in which propranolol was successfully used to treat(More)
Bedside cognitive screening tests have been suggested as a way to quickly determine the likelihood of a patient's having an organic mental disorder (OMD). The Mini-Mental State (MMS) examination and a number of separate bedside neurobehavioral tests were administered to 206 patients who were consecutively admitted to the University of Iowa Psychiatric(More)
Computed tomography of the head (HCT) was studied prospectively in 42 new geriatric psychiatry patients. Scans were obtained in 88% of the sample. Subjects underwent a complete evaluation by a geriatric psychiatrist who was blind to the HCT results. The HCT was abnormal in 32 (86%) of the 37 patients who had a scan. The most frequent finding was atrophic(More)
This article discusses the diagnostic and therapeutic problems that are unique to psychogeriatric patients in a primary care setting. Practical guidelines for the evaluation and treatment of dementia and depression, psychosis and agitation, and insomnia are presented.