Epidemiology of dysphoria and depression in an elderly population.


Journal Article

The authors surveyed 997 elderly people living in the community and found that the rate of significant dysphoric symptomatology was 14.7%. Forty-five (4.5%) of these individuals suffered from dysphoric symptoms only, and 37 (3.7%) had symptoms of a major depressive disorder. Eighteen (1.8%) suffered from symptoms of primary depressive disorder and 19 (1.9%) from symptoms of secondary depressive disorder. Sixty-five (6.5%) had depressive symptoms associated with impaired physical health. The frequency of widowhood, impairment in social resources, and impairment in economic resources was greater for individuals with symptoms of a major depressive disorder. The entire sample used psychiatric services at a very low rate.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Blazer, D; Williams, CD

Published Date

  • April 1980

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 137 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 439 - 444

PubMed ID

  • 7361929

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7361929

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-953X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/ajp.137.4.439


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States