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Mens Sana Monogr. 2010 Jan;8(1):30-51. doi: 10.4103/0973-1229.58818.

The geriatric population and psychiatric medication.

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  • 1Pursuing Master's degree in Psychiatry from Department of Psychiatry, CSM Medical University, Lucknow, India.


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.


Antidepressants; Antipsychotics; Cholinesterase inhibitors; Elderly; Geriatric

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