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Pharmacological Treatment of Dementia

General guidelines for psychotropic medication use in frail elderly patients are applicable. Systematic evidence to support the effectiveness of particular psychotropic drugs in dementia patients is limited. Therefore, choice of drug class may be based on clinical evidence, and choice of agent is often based on the side-effect profile and on the characteristics of a… Read More »

Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder

Current recommended treatment options for social anxiety disorder include pharmacotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Although several randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have failed to show efficacy for beta-adrenoceptor antagonists in generalised social anxiety disorder (SAD), it has been suggested that these agents may be useful in non-generalised social anxiety disorder (SAD), patients with performance anxiety… Read More »

Treating Anxiety Disorders In Adults

Anxiety is an emotional and physiological state that all people feel and that can be either normal or pathological. Anxiety can be defined as a feeling of unpleasant apprehension typically accompanied by bodily sensations such as a tightness in the chest, a feeling of choking, perspiring, and trembling or shaking. Often, anxious individuals feel restless… Read More »

Treatment of Anxiety in the Medically Ill

Psychotherapy An overemphasis on psychopharmacology in the care of medically ill patients may result in overlooking the value of psychotherapy. The first step in the treatment of anxiety is to spend time listening to and talking with the patient. Just as in psychotherapy with any patient, empathic listening is a powerful tool to relieve distress.… Read More »

Treating Dementia

Question. I am interested in your opinion on the use of Depakote and BuSpar, as opposed to benzodiazepines, in the treatment of agitation and aggression in dementia. What dosages would you suggest? Do you know of any articles reviewing these topics? Answer. There are very few controlled studies bearing on your questions; most of the… Read More »

Difficult Dementia Patient

Question. My father lives in a nursing home. After he broke his hip, he steadily deteriorated mentally. He recognizes very few people, has virtually no memory, whether short term or long term. He constantly calls for help, even when I or his sitter are next to him. He is causing quite a problem for the… Read More »

When to Introduce Antipsychotics

Question. When do you feel antipsychotics should be used to treat anxiety? My patient is very distressed, cannot concentrate and has a hard time with rational thought. He suggested this as a possible option, but what do you think? Answer. Unless the anxiety is really secondary to a psychotic process, I would argue that the… Read More »

Overview of New Anxiolytics

Although the benzodiazepines have been the treatment of choice for anxiety disorders for many years, unfavorable aspects to their side-effect profile have initiated efforts to develop new-generation antianxiety agents. Over the past decade, scientists have been searching for compounds that retain the robust anxiolytic efficacy of benzodiazepines, but lack a number of unwanted properties, including… Read More »

Combination Therapy in Bipolar Disorder

Monotherapy for bipolar disorder is well established as both acute and prophylactic treatment, the most familiar drugs used in these roles being lithium, sodium valproate, and carbamazepine. The choice of agent can be guided at least in part by the subtype of bipolar disorder, for instance, valproate possibly being more efficacious in rapid cycling illness… Read More »

Dissociative [Conversion] Disorders

Description of Medical Condition A sudden change in state of consciousness, identity, motor behavior, thoughts, feelings and perception of external reality to such an extent that these functions do not operate congruently. Many pathologic symptoms can be found, but the patient experiences dysphoria, suffering, and maladaptive functioning. Disorders include: • Dissociative amnesia • Dissociative fugue… Read More »