Psychoses in the elderly: a spectrum of disorders.

  title={Psychoses in the elderly: a spectrum of disorders.},
  author={Steven D Targum and Jessica L Abbott},
  journal={The Journal of clinical psychiatry},
  volume={60 Suppl 8},
The incidence of psychoses increases with age with a number of factors leading to the increase in vulnerability and expression. They include comorbid physical illnesses, social isolation, sensory deficits, cognitive changes, polypharmacy, and substance abuse. Agitation and aggressiveness are also associated with psychosis in the elderly and frequently are the precipitating reasons for psychiatric consultation. A review of psychoses in the elderly must, therefore, consider psychotic symptoms… CONTINUE READING