Depression in late life: an update.
Clinical and basic research units depressive disorders in late life have expanded our knowledge base appreciably in recent years. In the process, some clinical impressions have been confirmed (e.g., the association of depression and physical disorders); others have been refuted (e.g., depression increases with age); and now phenomena have been identified (e.g., the discovery of leukoencephalopathy in depressant elders who respond to ECT). The field of study now encompasses a range from neurobiology to sociocultural factors. The latter twentieth century is an exciting and optimistic era for clinicians working with depressed elders. As Sir Martin Roth has often said, "Where there is depression in late life, there is hope."
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