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An 88-year-old man who fought in World War II has increasing nightmares
about combat. He has a remote history of alcohol abuse, insulin-dependent
diabetes with a below-knee amputation, renal insufficiency, atrial fibrillation,
hypertension, and probable mild cognitive impairment. His wife has “her
own medical problems,” and their three out-of-state grown children do
not trust the in-home caregivers or each other. He comes to the clinic complaining
of depression and requesting an increase of his benzodiazepine dosage to help
him sleep. He is taking 12 medications, including coumadin. An automatic reminder
pops up on the computer screen saying that he needs his advance directives
updated. The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of
Geriatric Psychiatryassembles contributions by well-known and respected
American experts in a third edition to help physicians deal with the challenges
presented by such elderly psychiatric patients.
Frankenburg FR. Geriatric Psychiatry. JAMA. 2004;292(17):2153–2159. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.292.17.2154-a
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