Chapter 4. Psychotic Illness in Elderly Patients

  1. Stephen Jackson Professor of Geriatric Medicine2,
  2. Paul Jansen3 and
  3. Arduino Mangoni4
  1. Ross Kalucy,
  2. Jo Hill and
  3. Richard Weeks

Published Online: 2 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch4

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

How to Cite

Kalucy, R., Hill, J. and Weeks, R. (2009) Psychotic Illness in Elderly Patients, in Prescribing for Elderly Patients (eds S. Jackson, P. Jansen and A. Mangoni), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Clinical Gerontology, King's College Hospital, London, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Geriatric Medicine, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Flinders University, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychiatry, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAY 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470024287

Online ISBN: 9780470017975



  • psychotic illness in elderly patients;
  • psychosis in old age - growing public health concern;
  • schizophrenia;
  • psychosis in old age - due to psychiatric conditions;
  • associated anxiety and agitation;
  • mood disorders;
  • atypical antipsychotics - favoured over conventional antipsychotics


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Aetiology

  • Symptoms and signs

  • Diagnosis

  • Therapy

  • Key points

  • References