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Behavioral Complications in Alzheimer's Disease

Edited by Brian A. Lawlor, M.D., F.R.C.P.I., M.R.C.Psych.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-477-0
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Behavioral Complications in Alzheimer's Disease is the first book to focus exclusively on Alzheimer's disease and on the noncognitive disturbances associated with this disease. It centers on the emerging data regarding the biology of the illness.

The book provides clinicians with practical management strategies for the identification, measurement, and treatment of behavioral symptoms in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Behavioral Complications in Alzheimer's Disease also informs the nonspecialist and trainee about important new findings. The liberal use of case histories and illustrations makes this a valuable reference text.


  • Introduction: Behavioral complications in Alzheimer's disease.

    Phenomenology of Behavioral Disturbance.

    Agitation: a conceptual overview. Depression in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

    Biomedical and Quantitative Aspects of Behavioral Symptoms.

    Medical contributions to the development of behavioral symptoms. Possible neurobiological basis for behavioral symptoms. Measurement of behavioral changes.

    Management Strategies.

    Role of neuroleptics in treatment of behavioral complications. Use of benzodiazepines in behaviorally disturbed patients: risk-benefit ratio. Treatment of depression. Nonpharmacological treatment of behavioral symptoms. Pharmacotherapy of behavioral symptoms in dementia: nonneuroleptic agents.

    Psychosocial Impact.

    Caregiver distress and behavioral symptoms. Long-term care and the behaviorally disturbed patient. Index.

About the Authors

Brian A. Lawlor, M.D., F.R.C.P.I., M.R.C.Psych., is Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry at St. James's Hospital, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

[T]his commendable book does much to address the need for careful thought about the behavioral features of Alzheimer's. It is well written, with a uniformity and clarity of style much to the editor's credit. There is a useful mixture of research and clinical material. . . . I recommend this book without hesitation to researchers into the non-cognitive aspects of Alzheimer's. It will provide useful background reading, an overview and resource. All departments caring for people with dementia should have ready access to a copy. The busy clinician may well want to dip into it for inspiration.—Psychological Medicine

This book reminds us of our very limited knowledge of a complex area, and that behavioral complications are the main cause of carer distress, hospitalization, institutionalization and failure of care. One cannot imagine a more important subject for a book. . . . [T]his is a good book for doctors at all levels of training and other professionals in the field. It is a good library purchase, and affordable to the individual. . . . [T]he book reminds us of the many things we can do for sufferers and carers and why there is good reason to dispel the therapeutic nihilism frequently engendered by the Alzheimer patient.—The British Journal of Psychiatry

I would recommend this book for any health care professional who must deal with cognitively impaired older adults. It is timely, comprehensive and state-of-the-art. It contains comprehensive reviews of the important areas in this field and has many helpful insights and practical tips. Highly recommended.—D. Willie Molloy, Director, Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

This book provides a valuable resource for clinicians whose practice includes a geriatric population: virtual reality for most of us.—The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

I would recommend this book for the clinician who wants a concise, practical guide to the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral complications of Alzheimer's disease.—Contemporary Psychology

The text is easy to read and is accompanied by interesting case vignettes. Approaches not readily found elsewhere include a review of benzodiazepine use and a review of nonpharmacological treatments. This text serves as an excellent focus for a researcher or clinician wishing to know about this important area, and I would recommend it highly.—Alistair Burns, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

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