Emotional Disorders in Chronic Medical Illness

  • Earl A. BurchJr.


The percentage of people over age 65 is growing at a rapid rate and is expected to double over the next 50 years (Burch, 1985). Currently, 12% of the U.S. population is older than 65, but in 40 years it is estimated that one in five Americans will survive to this age (Burch, 1985). This demographic shift will challenge health care providers to diagnose and treat the accompanying change in mental health needs of the aging population.


Psychotropic Medication Clinical Psychiatry Medical Illness Emotional Disorder Coronary Care Unit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Earl A. BurchJr.
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  1. 1.Department of Veterans Affairs Medical CenterUniversity of Utah School of MedicineSalt Lake CityUSA

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