Depression in late life.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The depressed elderly have the highest suicide risk of any group in our society. Thus, depression in late life is a serious mental health problem. The essential goal of the diagnostic work-up is to distinguish a major depressive episode from less severe dysphoric symptoms. The major treatment modalities are properly selected pharmacologic agents, electroconvulsive therapy, psychotherapy and counseling, increased physical and social activity, and attention to underlying medical problems.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Blazer, DG; Friedman, SW

Published Date

  • November 1, 1979

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 91 - 96

PubMed ID

  • 495398

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-838X


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States