Dr. Ashok Bharucha, MD
Geriatric Psychiatrist | Geriatric Psychiatry143 Edgewood Drive W South Abington Twp PA, 18411
Dr. Ashok Bharucha is a geriatric psychiatrist practicing in South Abington Township and Bloomsburg, PA. Dr. Bharucha specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, particularly in older adults. Patients who visit geriatric psychiatrists typically look for help with problems such as 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. Bharucha helps patients after a comprehensive diagnostic exam so the root of their problems can be treated.
Education and Training
Bucknell University BA 1988
Penn State College of Medicine MD 1992
Harvard Medical School/McLean Adult psychiatry residency 1996
University of Washington SOM Geriatric psychiatry fellow 1997
Middlebury College MA 2017
Psychiatry and NeurologyAmerican Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyABPN- Geriatric Psychiatry
Dr. Ashok Bharucha, MD's Expert Contributions
How do you treat anxiety in the elderly?
Hi, it really depends on the underlying cause, whether it's medical, medication- or substance-related, psychiatric, or cognitive. A psychiatric workup would be prudent because the treatment depends on the correct diagnosis. READ MORE
My elderly mother has become very afraid of leaving the house. What should we do?
She needs to be medically and psychiatrically evaluated. If she is not willing to leave the house, you may need to call your county's mobile crisis number to see if someone can come and evaluate her. Perhaps they can find a way to have her evaluated in the ER first since it may take a while before an appointment with a psychiatrist can be arranged. Thanks. READ MORE
What types of medications are used to manage bipolar disorder?
The most reliable sources might be the National Depression and Bipolar Alliance website and the National Institutes of Mental Health website. The National Library of Medicine (PubMed) often also has review materials that may be helpful. READ MORE
My husband is starting to have delusions, what can I do?
Delusions can be caused by a long list of medical problems, medications, medication interactions, and psychiatric, as well as neurological problems. Ideally he needs to be seen by a psychiatrist who specializes in mental disorders of later life, but there are very few of them. You may wish to start by visiting his primary care doctor who might then make a referral to a neurologist as well for a dementia evaluation. It is important to rule out medical and neurological issues as well as medication interactions before deciding on a course of treatment. READ MORE
Expert PublicationsData provided by the National Library of Medicine
- Predictors of nursing facility admission: a 12-year epidemiological study in the United States.
- Motivations for physician-assisted suicide.
- Why now? Timing and circumstances of hastened deaths.
- Psychotherapy in long-term care: A review.
- Family member involvement in hastened death.
- Intelligent video monitoring to improve safety of older persons.
- Prevalence of behavioral symptoms: comparison of the minimum data set assessments with research instruments.
- Resident-to-resident aggression in long-term care facilities: insights from focus groups of nursing home residents and staff.
- In-home monitoring of persons with dementia: ethical guidelines for technology research and development.
- Late-life suicide: a review.
Areas of expertise and specialization
- American Psychiatric Association
- American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
- American Geriatrics Society
Areas of research
Behavioral disturbances of dementia
Dr. Ashok Bharucha, MD's Practice location
South Abington Twp, PA 18411Get Direction
Bloomsburg, PA 17815Get Direction
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