Geriatric psychiatry

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Geriatric psychiatry, also known as geropsychiatry 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.[1][2][3]

After a 4 year residency in psychiatry, a psychiatrist can complete a one year fellowship in Geriatric psychiatry, As the population ages, particularly in developing counties this field is becoming more needed. The diagnosis, treatment and management of dementia is one area of this field.

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  1. Barraclough, J.; Gill, D. (1996). Hughes' outline of modern psychiatry. (4th ed.) New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-47-196358-5
  2. Bowden, V.M.; Long, M.J. (1995). Geriatric psychiatry. Journal of the American Medical Association, 273, 1395.
  3. Harkins, S. (2003, April 16). Glossary of Terms. Retrieved October, 17, 2007, from