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Pharmacotherapy, Somatic Therapies, and Psychotherapy in Late Life

  • Ana Hategan
  • James A. Bourgeois
  • Tracy Cheng
  • Julie Young
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Abstract

Management of psychiatric conditions not only requires thorough assessment and evaluation but also involves the development of a comprehensive treatment plan. In treating an older adult, there are often special considerations that need to be taken into account given the effects of aging. An older adult may not respond the same way we would expect for a younger adult because of direct effects of aging or because of other comorbid medical conditions. The following section provides an overview of some of the considerations to take into account when developing a treatment plan—whether that involves pharmacological interventions, somatic therapies, or psychotherapies.

Keywords

Pharmacotherapy Pharmacological intervention Polypharmacy Somatic therapy Neurostimulation ECT Psychotherapy Cognitive behavioral therapy Problem-solving therapy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Hategan
    • 1
  • James A. Bourgeois
    • 2
    • 3
  • Tracy Cheng
    • 4
  • Julie Young
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural NeurosciencesMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryBaylor Scott and White Health Central Texas DivisionDallasUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryTexas A&M University Health Science Center, College of MedicineTempleCanada
  4. 4.St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, McMaster UniversityHamiltonUSA
  5. 5.Mercy San Juan Medical CenterFarmingtonUSA

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