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PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY TODAY
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30-51

The Geriatric Population and Psychiatric Medication


1 Department of Psychiatry, CSM Medical University, Lucknow, India
2 Dept. of Psychiatry, C. S. M. Medical University (Formerly K.G's Medical University), Lucknow, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University U.P., (formerly King George Medical University, Lucknow), India

Correspondence Address:
Sannidhya Varma
Department of Psychiatry, CSM Medical University, Lucknow
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0973-1229.58818

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With improvement in medical services in the last few years, there has been a constant rise in the geriatric population throughout the world, more so in the developing countries. The elderly are highly prone to develop psychiatric disorders, probably because of age related changes in the brain, concomitant physical disorders, as well as increased stress in later life. Psychiatric disorders in this population may have a different presentation than in other groups and some of psychopathologies might be mistaken for normal age related changes by an unwary clinician. Therefore the need of the day is to train psychiatrists and physicians to better recognize and manage mental disorders in this age group.


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