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The most common mental disorders in later life are unipolar mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders. This review outlines the key information needed for the psychological management of common mental disorders in older adults, as well as the challenges pertaining to the recognition and treatment of mental disorders in later life. Some differences in the prevalence of geriatric mental disorders as well as differences in the clinical presentation of mental disorders require minor modification to the assessment and treatment of symptoms. However, there are more similarities than differences in the overall assessment and treatment techniques needed to work with this population.

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