DSM-5 Diagnostic Pocket Guide for Elder Mental Health

A significant gap exists between mental health professionals and the number of senior adults in need of their help. It’s estimated that there is only one geriatric psychiatrist for every 23,000 senior adults in the U.S. By 2030, that number is expected to be one for every 27,000 people aged 65 and older.

Mitigating the impact of that gap means bringing healthcare professionals and others up to speed as quickly as possible, and a new resource aims to do just that. The DSM-5 Pocket Guide for Elder Mental Health was co-authored by Sophia Wang, MD, and Abraham M. Nussbaum, MD. Wang is an implementation scientist with the Indiana University Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science and assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at IU School of Medicine, and Nussbaum is a psychiatrist with Denver Health and University of Colorado. The easy-to-read, 4.5” x 8” guide is 400 pages long and includes “step-by-step instructions on beginning dialogues on depression, substance abuse and suicide as well as diagnostics on these conditions and others including delirium and dementia,” according to press materials. It’s published by American Psychiatric Association Publishing, a division of the American Psychiatric Association.

The guide offers quick assistance for primary care physicians, mental health professionals and those in internal medicine, surgery, nursing and pharmacy, but can help anyone involved in caring for an older adult.

DSM-5 is short for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition; the larger guide is a critical resource for mental health diagnosis. The DSM-5 Pocket Guide for Elder Mental Health is available through American Psychiatric Association Publishing and bookstores/e-commerce sites.