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Dr. Robert Lynn Horne, MD

Geriatric Psychiatrist

Dr. Robert Horne is a geriatric psychiatrist practicing in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Horne specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, particularly in older adults. Patients who visit geriatric psychiatrists typically look for help with problems like memory loss, depression, difficulty coping with change, stress, dementia, anxiety and more. Older adults may also experience emotional distress after being diagnosed with a disease as well. Dr. Horne helps patients after a comprehensive diagnostic exam so the root of their problems can be treated.
43 years Experience
Dr. Robert Lynn Horne, MD
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

Would a geriatric psychiatrist help my mother during early dementia stages?

Yes, the psychiatrist will be able to help distinguish between Pseudodementia due to an episode of Major Depressive Disorder and Dementia and also treat the depression and, if READ MORE
Yes, the psychiatrist will be able to help distinguish between Pseudodementia due to an episode of Major Depressive Disorder and Dementia and also treat the depression and, if necessary, make an early intervention with medication to slow the progression of dementia if she does have early dementia.

My mother is 80 years old and has severe anxiety. Should she really be on xanex?

She should be slowly tapered off Xanax which is already impairing her memory. She should NOT be placed on any other benzodiazepine. Alternative medications could be selected READ MORE
She should be slowly tapered off Xanax which is already impairing her memory. She should NOT be placed on any other benzodiazepine. Alternative medications could be selected after evaluating her history and what other meds she has taken for treatment of anxiety and any medical problems she may have and current concomitant medications. Possible alternatives include Cymbalta, Lexapro, Neurontin (all for preventing chronic anxiety) or "rescue, non-addictive medications" which start to work in 20 minutes, full effect in 2 hours and last 6-12 hours, including Vistaril, Atarax and Inderal. There are certainly other alternatives, depending other history

My elderly mother has depression. What can be done for her?

She needs to be assessed by a psychiatrist who could look at all of her current medications and determine if any are likely to have a side effect of depression and if so, what READ MORE
She needs to be assessed by a psychiatrist who could look at all of her current medications and determine if any are likely to have a side effect of depression and if so, what are safe alternatives and which could be stopped without any substitution being needed