As is evident throughout this volume, the management of patients with dementia is a challenge that spans time as well as an interdisciplinary approach. Psychiatric management requires simultaneous attention to psychiatric syndromes, both clear-cut and mixed; comorbid medical illnesses; social supports; family dynamics; and both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions. The following principles are useful anchors to the effective diagnosis and management of those psychiatric syndromes that complicate dementia illnesses.
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