Depression in late life: review and commentary.

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Journal Article (Review)

Depression is perhaps the most frequent cause of emotional suffering in later life and significantly decreases quality of life in older adults. In recent years, the literature on late-life depression has exploded. Many gaps in our understanding of the outcome of late-life depression have been filled. Intriguing findings have emerged regarding the etiology of late-onset depression. The number of studies documenting the evidence base for therapy has increased dramatically. Here, I first address case definition, and then I review the current community- and clinic-based epidemiological studies. Next I address the outcome of late-life depression, including morbidity and mortality studies. Then I present the extant evidence regarding the etiology of depression in late life from a biopsychosocial perspective. Finally, I present evidence for the current therapies prescribed for depressed elders, ranging from medications to group therapy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Blazer, DG

Published Date

  • March 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 58 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 249 - 265

PubMed ID

  • 12634292

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12634292

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1079-5006

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/gerona/58.3.m249

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States