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Since its introduction in 1938, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has remained an important treatment for selected serious neuropsychiatric illnesses and continues to be one of the most effective treatments in psychiatry. ECT has evolved into a technically sophisticated procedure with a proven...
Although the sample size was small, the findings suggest that, in patients with AD, incontinence medications with anticholinergic properties may have detrimental effects on mental status and behavior.
Although previous studies have shown that late-onset MDD may increase risk for subsequent dementia, the current results suggest that premorbid MDD is associated with more severe cognitive deficits during the actual course of dementia.
Bipolar disorder among older adults is common in the VA and is an increasingly emphasized problem in older non-VA populations, as well. Health service use by older adults with bipolar disorder is high, and includes substantial utilization of inpatient non-psychiatric care. Distinctions between...
Treating older adults with bipolar disorder under standardized treatment is feasible and is associated with low symptom levels. However, most older adults with bipolar disorder do not experience sustained recovery.
CVRFs were associated with depression in black and white elderly subjects. Future research should examine race differences within vascular depression, utilizing broader measures of CVRFs.
Lamotrigine and lithium may be effective and well-tolerated maintenance therapies for older adults with Bipolar I depression.
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