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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 60-70

Late-life psychosis: An overview

1 Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Science, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Naresh Nebhinani
Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Science, Jodhpur - 342 005, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2348-9995.152424

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There could be multiple causes for late-life psychosis, such as chronic conditions, like early-onset schizophrenia, late-onset schizophrenia, delusional disorder, psychosis associated with various dementias, various neuropsychiatric disorders, delirium, and secondary to organic causes. This article will provide an overview of late-life psychosis by elaborating different types of psychotic disorders usually seen in the elderly population. Psychosis associated with dementia and delirium is usually accompanied by cognitive symptoms. Organic Psychosis is usually characterized by higher prevalence of visual hallucination. There are few well-designed randomized controlled evaluating the efficacy of atypical antipsychotics for management of various forms of psychosis in elderly and there is a black box warning for using atypical antipsychotics in elderly patients with dementia.

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