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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 »

Information about Alzheimer’s Disease for Patients and Families

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common and well-known form of degenerative dementia. By definition, dementia is a syndrome, a cluster of symptoms, of impaired memory and cognition. Dementia is a cognitive disorder that impairs an individual’s memory and ability for reasoning, awareness, and judgment. Cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s disease may involve disturbance of language (aphasia),… Read More »

Pharmacotherapy in the Treatment of People With Schizophrenia

The pharmacological agents most primarily associated with treatment of schizophrenia are grouped in a large and heterogeneous family, the antipsychotics. Recently, this family has been subdivided into the typicals, or neuroleptics, and the atypicals (see Tables Selected Typical Antipsychotic Drugs and Their Characteristics and Atypical Antipsychotics: Relative Potencies and Side Effects). The neuroleptics are so… Read More »

Chronic Illness: Current Therapies

The main goal of bipolar disorder drug treatment is to establish euthymia (stable mood with a persistent sense of well-being) without inducing mania or rapid cycling (i.e., four or more mood episodes in a 12-month period). For this reason, drug treatment usually consists of an agent or, more frequently, combinations of agents that exert both… Read More »

Drugs in Treatment of Schizophrenia

  The introduction of chlorpromazine (Thorazine), the first of the antipsychotic drugs (also known as neuroleptics), in 1952 revolutionized the treatment of schizophrenia. Since then, these drugs have become the mainstay of treatment for people with schizophrenia. Before these drugs were discovered, many who suffered from this illness spent most of their lives in hospitals,… Read More »

Schizophrenia, Psychotic Disorders, and Antipsychotics

The primary indication for use of antipsychotics is the presence of psychosis in a number of conditions, including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, brief psychotic disorder (which maybe present in a number of personality disorders), mood disorders with psychotic features, or psychotic disturbance secondary to an underlying medical condition or substance use disorders, resulting from… Read More »

Use of Antipsychotics in Treating Bipolar Disorder

Antipsychotics were first developed as treatment for the hallucinations and delusions caused by schizophrenia. However, antipsychotic drugs have been shown to have specific antimanic effects even in manic patients who don’t have any symptoms of psychosis. Antipsychotics are frequently prescribed in the context of a manic episode and may be especially helpful in clearing up… Read More »