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Psychopharmacology for Neurologists

  • Laurence J. Kinsella
  • George T. Grossberg
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Abstract

Neurologists frequently encounter patients with psychiatric conditions, either primary or as a complication of neurologic disease. All neurologists see patients with mood disorders, and many are comfortable prescribing a first-line agent such as an SSRI. In fact, a majority of mood disorders are treated by non-psychiatrists. Newer data shows the high prevalence of mood disorders in neurologic disease, such as Parkinson disease, stroke, and dementia. Depression occurs in a third of survivors of stroke and is associated with higher mortality. Depression has also been noted to increase the likelihood of later dementia.

Keywords

Dementia Elderly and dementia Pharmacology for the elderly Neurology and the elderly Psychopharmacology for neurologists Psychiatric disorders and the neurologist 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurologySSM Neuroscience InstituteSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurologySt. Louis University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA
  3. 3.Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral NeuroscienceSt. Louis University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA

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