As the population ages, more insight is needed on how to effectively treat psychological distress in older patients, which includes depression, anxiety, cognitive deficits, and health issues. In the following video clips, Dr. Lee Hyer, author of Psychological Treatment of Older Adults: A Holistic Model, discusses the "Watch and Wait" approach in psychological treatment, how the cognition of older adults impacts their  treatment, and transdiagnostic and transdisciplinary psychological treatment.

Watch and Wait Approach: Psychological Treatment of Older Adults


Cognition and the Psychological Treatment of Older Adults


Transdiagnostic and Transdisciplinary Psychological Treatment of Older Adults 


About Psychological Treatment of Older Adults

Drawing from current research and clinical practice, this text espouses a unique interdisciplinary approach to the assessment and treatment of psychosocial impairment in older adults. This approach, called "Watch and Wait," is grounded in a "whole person" model of care rather than one that addresses symptoms or syndromes in isolation. This model advocates relationship building, prevention, psychoeducation, multipronged interventions for comorbid problems, and communication. It does so in the context of a multidisciplinary health care team, the patient, and family.

About Lee Hyer

Leon A. Hyer, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Mercer School of Medicine and the Georgia Neurosurgical Institute. He is board certified in psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Hyer is a fellow of several divisions of the American Psychological Association; International Society of Traumatic Stress; and the Gerontological Society of America. He has been a Professor of Psychiatry for many years at the Medical College of Georgia and Veterans Administration, and at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson.