It’s difficult to get excited about old age psychiatry. Often seen as the “palliative” end of psychiatry, there is a reluctance to see much of a benefit with regards to looking after older people, let alone excited about it. It
When considering ageing and mental health, it would not be surprising to regard ageing as a risk factor for mental health in itself. However, this is a misnomer. Research has consistently demonstrated that mental health issues improve as one ages.
The COVID pandemic has forced many of us into isolation. About 50 years ago, one of the largest sociological experiments of its time found that that may be a good thing. I write in the Herald about the evidence for
My latest paper discusses the psychodynamic therapy of two patients over the age of 65, with some dramatic results – for them as well as me! Please contact me if you would like the fulltext. https://doi.org/10.1177/1039856219871885
My chat with 2SER regarding a novel study in the UK which altered mechanisms of deep brain stimulation to prodigious results. It is worth noting, as the podcast details, that the vast majority of OCD responds to psychological therapies and/or/with
Ageism refers to discrimination against older persons. It may not appear apparent that this could, let alone should, happen in healthcare systems, but it regrettably does. This narrative review outlines 15 studies that looked at attitudes to ageing amongst nurses,
One of the commonest complaints of mental health services is a perceived failure of communication between caregivers and clinicians regarding those with mental health issues. With this in mind, a few of us put together a form that could
I work in an old age mental health service. We have a patient, a 77 year old woman, who used to live in her family’s backyard in a tent. She would sleep each night in the cold, regardless of
My interview regarding the plight of the elderly in Australia.
I look after the mental health of older adults in the community. Despite common opinion, older adults are usually not more depressed – whilst physical deterioration commonly occurs, one is statistically more likely to enjoy better mental health as one