Partial remission. A common outcome in older adults treated for major depression.
Major depression can affect up to 10% of older adults in clinical samples. Longitudinal studies of older adults with major depression report that a significant proportion of patients do not fully recover. Partial remission or symptoms of major depression that do not meet criteria for major depression, is predicted by 1) clinical factors, such higher number of symptoms at diagnosis, presence of comorbid dysthymia, and health problems; 2) social variables, such as high levels of perceived stress and low levels of perceived social support; and 3) perceived health/well-being variables, such as limitations in mobility or instrumental activities of daily living, poorer self-perceived health, finding life not satisfying, and looking back over life and finding it unhappy. Treatment options include antidepressants (alone or in combination) and psychotherapy.
Hybels, CF; Blazer, DG; Steffens, DC
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