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Geriatric Psychiatry

Virginia Pearson, M.D., Susan W. Lehmann, M.D.
Geriatric Psychiatry is a topic covered in the Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide.

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  • Subspecialty of psychiatry dealing with the prevention, treatment, and study of mental disorders in older patients, typically older than 65 years[1]
  • Geriatric psychiatry integrates a comprehensive program of care to address co-existing medical illnesses, family and social concerns, environmental issues, and medications.
  • It’s important to take into consideration physical debility leading to activity limitations and financial barriers when treating mental health conditions in the geriatric population as these are known barriers to receiving appropriate care.[2]

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Last updated: January 29, 2017


Pearson, Virginia, and Susan W Lehmann. "Geriatric Psychiatry." Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide, 2017. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787015/all/Geriatric_Psychiatry.
Pearson V, Lehmann SW. Geriatric Psychiatry. Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. 2017. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787015/all/Geriatric_Psychiatry. Accessed August 18, 2019.
Pearson, V., & Lehmann, S. W. (2017). Geriatric Psychiatry. In Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787015/all/Geriatric_Psychiatry
Pearson V, Lehmann SW. Geriatric Psychiatry [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. ; 2017. [cited 2019 August 18]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787015/all/Geriatric_Psychiatry.
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