Responses to Psychotropic Drugs in the Normal Elderly
Advancing age is often accompanied by disorders of mood and mental function. Common examples include depression that accompanies losses, anxiety over health and the future, agitation resulting from impaired perceptual processes, and impaired cognitive abilities stemming from a wide range of organic brain dysfunction. In their mild forms, these symptoms are present to varying degrees in many elderly persons. Not infrequently, as the symptoms persist or worsen, medical assistance is sought; in our “medicated” society both elderly patient and doctor may agree that drugs will be beneficial.
KeywordsChange Score Psychotropic Drug Antidepressant Effect American Geriatrics Society Target Symptom
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