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Psychopharmacologic Interventions in Late-life Major Depression

Psychopharmacologic Interventions in Late-life Major Depression CHAPTER 9 Psychopharmacologic Interventions in Late-life Major Depression W ,LLIAM APFELOORF & GEORGE ALEXOPOULOS D EPARTMENT OF P SYCHIATRY JUAN AND SANfORD 1. WEILL M EDICAL COLl. EGE OF CORNElL UN1VEJ~srTY I N TRODUCTION Definition of Ge riatric D epres sion Ge riatric depressive diso rders are hefllth problems with important med­ ical, soc ial, and financial consequences. Geria tric depression causes suf­ ((.rin g to patien ts and their fami lies, exacerbates medical illnesses, and contributes to d isab ilit y that requ ires expensive s uppo r t system s. Although the prevalence of depression does not appear to increase with age, the highes t rates of suicide have been found in men age 75 and o lde r!. Psycho logical <llltopSy studies of s uicides in late life have found tha t most o lder suicide victims s u ffered from a psychiatric illness, us ually late­ onset deprt'ssion; that mos t me thod s of suicide were viole n t, a nd that physica l illness was the most common precipitanl ~ . The ma in goals of treatment for geriat ric d e pression include remiss.ion of depressio n a nd reduction in the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Gerontology & Geriatrics Springer Publishing

Psychopharmacologic Interventions in Late-life Major Depression

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Springer Publishing
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0198-8794
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1944-4036
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10.1891/0198-8794.19.1.195
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CHAPTER 9 Psychopharmacologic Interventions in Late-life Major Depression W ,LLIAM APFELOORF & GEORGE ALEXOPOULOS D EPARTMENT OF P SYCHIATRY JUAN AND SANfORD 1. WEILL M EDICAL COLl. EGE OF CORNElL UN1VEJ~srTY I N TRODUCTION Definition of Ge riatric D epres sion Ge riatric depressive diso rders are hefllth problems with important med­ ical, soc ial, and financial consequences. Geria tric depression causes suf­ ((.rin g to patien ts and their fami lies, exacerbates medical illnesses, and contributes to d isab ilit y that requ ires expensive s uppo r t system s. Although the prevalence of depression does not appear to increase with age, the highes t rates of suicide have been found in men age 75 and o lde r!. Psycho logical <llltopSy studies of s uicides in late life have found tha t most o lder suicide victims s u ffered from a psychiatric illness, us ually late­ onset deprt'ssion; that mos t me thod s of suicide were viole n t, a nd that physica l illness was the most common precipitanl ~ . The ma in goals of treatment for geriat ric d e pression include remiss.ion of depressio n a nd reduction in the

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Annual Review of Gerontology & GeriatricsSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1999

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