Geriatric Psychiatry

Geriatric psychiatry is a medical specialty within the field of psychiatry that focuses on evaluating and treating mental and emotional disorders in the elderly population. Geriatric psychiatrists specialize in understanding the unique mental health needs of older adults and providing targeted care to support their well-being.

Addressing Unique Mental Health Needs in Aging

As we age, mental health concerns can become more prevalent and may present differently in older individuals compared to younger ones. Geriatric psychiatrists are experts in diagnosing and treating mental and emotional disorders specific to the elderly population. They understand how aging, medical conditions, and life changes can impact mental health.

Personalized Care for Older Adults

Geriatric psychiatrists work closely with their patients to assess their mental health and develop personalized treatment plans. They consider factors such as an individual's medical history, cognitive abilities, social support systems, and existing medical conditions. By tailoring their care, geriatric psychiatrists aim to improve the mental and emotional well-being of older adults.

Collaboration and Comprehensive Approach

Geriatric psychiatrists collaborate with other healthcare professionals, such as primary care physicians and geriatricians, to provide comprehensive care for their patients. They understand the interconnected nature of physical and mental health in older adults and work towards a holistic approach to support overall well-being.

Enhancing Quality of Life

The primary goal of geriatric psychiatrists is to enhance the overall quality of life for older adults by addressing their mental health needs. Through accurate diagnosis, appropriate treatment interventions, and ongoing support, they aim to alleviate symptoms, improve emotional well-being, and promote a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Geriatric psychiatry services may include:

Comprehensive Evaluation: Geriatric psychiatrists conduct thorough assessments to evaluate the mental health of older adults. They consider factors such as mood, cognition, behavior, and overall functioning to make accurate diagnoses.

Treatment Planning: Based on the evaluation, geriatric psychiatrists develop individualized treatment plans to address the specific mental health concerns of each patient. Treatment options may include psychotherapy, medication management, and other evidence-based interventions.

Depression and Anxiety: Geriatric psychiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating depression and anxiety disorders that may be more common in older adults. They provide support and evidence-based therapies to help alleviate symptoms and improve emotional well-being.

Cognitive Disorders: Geriatric psychiatrists have expertise in diagnosing and managing cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. They work closely with patients and their families, providing education, support, and guidance throughout the progression of these conditions.

Medication Management: Older adults may have multiple medical conditions and be taking various medications. Geriatric psychiatrists have specialized knowledge in prescribing psychiatric medications for older adults, considering potential interactions, side effects, and the impact of age-related changes on medication response.

Collaborative Care: Geriatric psychiatrists collaborate with other healthcare professionals, including primary care physicians, neurologists, and social workers, to ensure comprehensive and coordinated care. They may refer patients to other specialists when necessary and work as part of a team to address the unique needs of older adults.

Conditions and Treatments

  • Mental Health and Behavior
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder


  • Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment
  • Medication Management