Separating mood disturbance from mild cognitive impairment in geriatric depression.

Journal Article (Review)

Disentangling depression from dementia remains one of the most difficult clinical challenges for psychiatrists caring for older adults. The relationship between geriatric depression and dementia is complex for several reasons. First, cognitive impairment is often a prominent feature of depression in the elderly. Cognition may improve with successful treatment of depression but it may not normalize. Indeed, marked memory impairment in older depressed individuals may indicate a prodromal state of dementia. This review will examine issues related to depression and cognitive disorder in the elderly. The author will provide an evidence-based approach to separate mood disorder from cognitive disorder among older adults.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Steffens, DC

Published Date

  • August 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 374 - 381

PubMed ID

  • 18925486

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1369-1627

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/09540260802094589


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England