Geriatric Behavioral Health
Geriatric Behavioral Health is a field of medicine dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in older adults, including dementia, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and late-life schizophrenia. Geriatric psychiatrists and psychologists have the specialized training in the unique physical, emotional and social needs of older patients that allows for a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.
Such care includes listening and responding to the concerns of the older adult, helping families, and when necessary, working with other health care professionals to develop effective approaches to treatment. Co-existing medical illnesses, medications, family issues, social concerns and environmental issues are integrated into a comprehensive program of care.
In addition to providing clinical care, Duke geriatric psychiatrists and psychologists are actively involved in research of mental disorders of older adults. This research includes clinical trials of new medications for mood disorders and dementia, understanding the role of psychotherapy in geriatric depression, neuroimaging findings in mood and cognitive disorders, exploring the importance of religion in mental health, and investigating medical and cognitive consequences of mood disorders.
Geriatric Mood & Cognitive Neuroscience Group
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