Management of late-life depression: focus on comorbid conditions.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Depression, a heterogeneous disease often accompanied by significant medical and psychiatric comorbidity, is common among the elderly. Clinicians caring for depressed elders should look for comorbidities, as they may affect management of the patient. For example, comorbid anxiety may represent a more difficult to treat syndrome, while inadequately treated depression with comorbid cardiovascular disease has a greater risk of cardiovascular-associated mortality. Comorbidities such as Alzheimer’s dementia and cerebrovascular disease may provide insight into the pathogenesis of late-life depression. This review highlights these comorbid conditions as they occur in depressed elders. Recommended directions for future research in the area of late-life depression are provided.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Taylor, WD; Krishnan, KRR

Published Date

  • 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 113 - 130

PubMed ID

  • 12858151

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0048-5764

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States