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Psychosis in Older Adults: The Antipsychotic Dilemma


Whitney Carlson,, MD

Harborview Geriatric Psychiatry Services

University of Washington

School of Medicine
University of Washington


Learning Objectives

By the end of this lecture, you should be able to:

  • Identify the major differential for psychotic symptoms presenting in the geriatric population.
  • Develop an initial treatment plan for targeting the symptoms of psychosis.
  • Discuss the major risks associated with the use of antipsychotics in the geriatric population.

[From the Spring 2013 Geriatric Healthcare Lecture Series, with funding from the Alzheimer’s Supplement to the Geriatric Education Centers]

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