Diagnosis in Old Age

  • Harold Wilensky


Disorders of old age cover a broad range and admixture of illnesses and dysfunctions. They range from the relatively universal reactions of mild depression and anxiety to both internal and external loss through the functional psychotic disorders and organic brain syndromes. Other physical diseases typically accompany and contribute to behavioral dysfunction. Prompt, accurate assessment and treatment are crucial at the first signs of disorder. Delay in providing treatment can result in transient dysfunction becoming irreversible regardless of whether the origin of the disorder is found in psychological, biological, and/or sociological stress. Unfortunately, geriatric patients have rarely received the careful evaluation needed (Butler, 1975; Eisdorfer & Stotsky, 1977).


Mental Health Professional Brain Damage Senile Dementia Mental Ability Organic Brain Syndrome 
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  • Harold Wilensky
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  1. 1.Psychological CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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