|"Journal of Psychiatry is among the top Scholarly Journals in Geriatric psychiatry. The journal is the authoritative source of information for the rapidly developing field of geriatric psychiatry. The Journal contains peer-reviewed articles on the diagnosis and classification of psychiatric disorders of later life, epidemiological and biological correlates of mental health of older adults, and psychopharmacology and other somatic treatments.
Geriatric psychiatry, also known as geropsychiatry, psychogeriatrics or psychiatry of old age, is a subspecialty of psychiatry dealing with the study, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders in humans with old age. After a 4-year residency in psychiatry, a psychiatrist can complete a one-year fellowship in geriatric psychiatry. The diagnosis, treatment and management of dementia and depression are two areas of this field. Geriatric Psychiatry unit deals with the evaluation and treatment of adults, usually 60 or older, with disorders of cognitive functioning, mood or reality testing that are often accompanied by medical disorders. This unit treats a range of psychiatric conditions in the elderly and has special expertise in treating Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. The medical, nursing, and other staff of the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit are experts in evaluating patients with mild to critical dementia and in sorting out those behavioral and emotional problems that are dementia-related from those that are due to other causes that may require specific treatment interventions. The Geriatric Psychiatry Unit uses a precise approach that integrates behavioral interventions, therapeutic milieu, psychopharmacology and other somatic approaches to stabilize patients rapidly and implement treatment plans that maximize cognitive and emotional functioning in patients and thus improve their quality of life.
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