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Mental Health Issues in the Elderly

The elderly often experience mental health issues and mental disorders. Some of the most common mental health issues and concerns are dementia, bi-polar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, delirium, Alzheimer's disease and morehttp://www.agingcare.com/elderly-mental-health

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Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of Elderly and Disabled

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) investigates abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable individuals 60 and older and people with disabilities between 18 and 59. These individuals may live in the community or in long-term care facilities.        http://health.mo.gov/safety/abuse

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Medication-Induced Psychosis

Many nonpsychiatric medications can cause psychiatric effects, which range from anxiety to psychosis.  Drug-induced psychosis was first diagnosed in the 19th century.  Since then, many medications have been associated with this phenomenon.  The most commonly implicated medications include antiparkinsonian agents, cardiac medications and corticosteriods. 
http://www.uspharmacist.com/article/nonpsychotropic-medicationinduced-psychosis
The term psychosis was first used in the 19th century to describe an abnormal state of mind.6 Today, psychosis represents a disturbance in the perception of reality. Psychosis is marked by the presence of one or more of the following symptoms: hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thoughts, and unusual, strange, and/or regressed behavior. - See more at: https://www.uspharmacist.com/article/nonpsychotropic-medicationinduced-psychosis#sthash.505fR668.dpuf
The term psychosis was first used in the 19th century to describe an abnormal state of mind.6 Today, psychosis represents a disturbance in the perception of reality. Psychosis is marked by the presence of one or more of the following symptoms: hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thoughts, and unusual, strange, and/or regressed behavior. - See more at: https://www.uspharmacist.com/article/nonpsychotropic-medicationinduced-psychosis#sthash.505fR668.dpufhttps://www.uspharmacist.com/article/nonpsychotropic-medicationinduced-psychosis
The term psychosis was first used in the 19th century to describe an abnormal state of mind.6 Today, psychosis represents a disturbance in the perception of reality. Psychosis is marked by the presence of one or more of the following symptoms: hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thoughts, and unusual, strange, and/or regressed behavior. The phenomenon now known as medication-induced psychosis was first identified in 1845 by the French psychiatrist Jacques-Joseph Moreau, - See more at: https://www.uspharmacist.com/article/nonpsychotropic-medicationinduced-psychosis#sthash.505fR668.dpuf

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WHOLE BODY PSYCHIATRY: Nutrition for Mental Health

Mental health is not all in our minds.  Nutrition is an oft-ignored - yet incredibly effective - way to manage mental illness, including schizophrenia, says Hedaya, MD, ABPN, DFAPA, founder of the National Center for Whole Psychiatry and clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine.  Now, Dr. Hedaya practices what he calls "whole psychiatry".  New patients undergo a four-hour workup, in which Hedaya examines all the factors that have combined to cause a break in a person's mental health.  Unlike his colleagues in mainstream psychiatry, he conducts extensive lab work to look for disruptions in basic body systems that might manifest as mental illness, while also looking into psychological, social and spiritual factors.

 https://experiencelife.com/article/whole-body-psychiatry-nutrition-for-mental-health/

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DEPRESSION, NUTRITION & MENTAL ILLNESS

Indian Journal of Psychiatry-2008
"On the basis of accumulating scientific evidence, an effective therapeutic intervention is emerging, namely nutritional supplement/treatment. These may be appropriate for controlling and to some extent, preventing depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders and anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), autism, and addiction." 
 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2738337/

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OVER PRESCRIBING DRUGS TO TREAT MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

 So is drug treatment alone an effective way to treat mental health problems? To be sure, there are at least some people who benefit from some drug treatments—especially if they suffer from acute mental health problems that they are likely to recover from relatively quickly.  However, there are numerous good reasons why drugs alone should not be the reflexive treatment of choice for many mental health problems, and I’ve listed some of these reasons below.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/why-we-worry/201401/overprescribing-drugs-treat-mental-health-problems

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ANTIPSYCHOTIC MEDICATION IN NURSING FACILITY PATIENTS

More than half of nursing facility residents have some form of dementia, many of whom experience behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with dementia (BPSD). These behaviors, which can pose significant challenges for the staff and residents, are often best treated with non-pharmacologic measures such as environmental modifications.

https://www.ascp.com/articles/antipsychotic-medication-use-nursing-facility-residents

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SCHIZOPHRENIA UNRESPONSIVE TO ANTIPSYCHOTIC DRUGS

Patients with schizophrenia who fail to respond to antipsychotic medications may have something in common — they appear to have normal levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine.Schizophrenia is typically associated with an overactive dopamine system, which means that the brain is processing abnormally high levels of dopamine. However, about one-third of individuals with schizophrenia do not respond to this treatment, and until now, no study has focused on whether dopamine abnormality is present in patients resistant to antipsychotic treatment.  Source:  American Journal of Psychiatry.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/12/03/why-some-schizophrenia-patients-are-unresponsive-to-antipsychotic-drug

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