Antipsychotics for Dementia “Under-Reported”


Research from the U.K. finds that “the true scale of anti-psychotic usage in dementia may be under-estimated. Usage may be up to 46 per cent greater than official figures suggest.” The research also finds that antipsychotic prescriptions for people with dementia living in care homes were nearly 3.5 times higher than for those living at home, and that it was possible to reduce or withdraw anti-psychotics for more than 60 per cent of patients with dementia.

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Use of anti-psychotic drugs by people with dementia ‘under reported’

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].