Mental Health Consult

VIDEO: When geriatric depression turns psychotic


A geriatric patient who recently lost his wife presents with significant weight loss and appears disheveled. He speaks of reuniting with his wife as soon as possible. How do you quickly stabilize this patient who appears to be experiencing psychotic depression?

In this installment of Mental Health Consult, our panel members discuss their recommendations for triaging a 65-year-old recently widowed man with a history of prostate cancer but no prior history of psychosis.

Join our panel of experts from George Washington University, Washington, including Katalin Roth, MD, director of geriatrics and palliative medicine; April Barbour, MD, MPH, director of the division of general internal medicine; and Lorenzo Norris, MD, medical director of psychiatric and behavioral services, as they discuss how to effectively deal with a geriatric patient in crisis.

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