Geriatric depression - Review for primary care

Andreea L. Seritan, Michael K. McCloud, W Ladson Hinton

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Abstract

Late-life depression is the most common mood disorder in the geriatric population. Often encountered in the primary care setting, geriatric depression needs to be appropriately diagnosed and differentiated from medical conditions that can mimic it or present with mood symptoms. This review will help psychiatrists and primary care physicians to screen for, identify possible medical confounders, and treat depression in the elderly. Untreated major depression may lead to increased morbidity and mortality from medical illnesses, and is the strongest risk factor for late-life suicide. Pharmacological approaches should be used in combination with psychotherapies, several of which have solid evidence in geriatric depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-142
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Psychiatry Reviews
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Geriatric
  • Late-life
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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