Dementia

Expert Q&A

Neurobiology Concepts for Psychiatrists

Topics: Dementia | Neuroscience in Psychiatry

TCPR: I think that a lot of psychiatrists, myself included, could use a refresher course on Parkinson disease and how to distinguish its symptoms from those induced by antipsychotics (parkinsonism). What exactly is parkinsonism? Dr. Kaufman: Parkinsonism is a clinical syndrome comprised primarily of rigidity, tremor, and bradykinesia (slowed movements)

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Managing Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)

Topics: Dementia | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychotherapy

Richard is an 88-year-old former airline pilot who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia 5 years ago. He managed well at home with his wife initially, but a year ago he required admission to a skilled nursing facility because of worsening symptoms. His transition was difficult. Sometimes he hovered around the exit door and elevators and tried to lea

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Expert Q&A

Determining Dementia

Topics: Dementia | Diagnostic Testing | Laboratory Testing in Psychiatry

TCPR: The big question for general psychiatrists is how do we go about efficiently assessing memory in a clinical environment that only allows for a 15- to 20-minute visit? Dr. Budson: If people are actually raising a concern about their memory, that is already something to take seriously. There used to be this rule of thumb that you don’t need to

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Research Update

Do Benzodiazepines Cause Dementia? Latest Study Casts Doubt

Topics: Benzodiazepines | Dementia

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Research Update

Mediterranean Diet and Age-Related Cognitive Decline: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Topics: Dementia | Research Updates

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Namzaric and Other Cognitive Enhancers for Dementia

Topics: Dementia

There’s a new medication on the market for the treatment of dementia—the first to come along in several years. In December of 2014, Actavis and Adamas Pharmaceuticals announced the approval of Namzaric, which is a combination of Namenda XR and Aricept, for moderate to severe dementia. While no one would claim that this combination of two existi

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Benzodiazepine Use and Alzheimer’s Risk

Topics: Benzodiazepines | Dementia

If you’re like most psychiatrists, you get your fair share of older folks who come into the office complaining of difficulties with sleep or with significant symptoms of anxiety. In many of these cases, after an adequate workup, it’s not unusual to use at least a short course of benzodiazepines such as Restoril or Ativan. We’ve known for some t

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Expert Q&A

Assessing and Working with Patients with Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

Topics: Dementia

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Research Update

Anticholinergics and Dementia

Topics: Dementia | Research Updates

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Research Update

Personality May Influence the Risk for Alzheimer’s

Topics: Dementia | Research Updates

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Healthy Lifestyle Can Lower Dementia Risk