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Robert C. Baldwin

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date: 23 October 2019

There are already textbooks on depression, why then is one needed specifically for depression in later life? First there is the self-evident fact that the world’s population is fast growing older. This brings with it increasing rates of many of the common health problems, including depression. Second, although depression in later life shares many of the core features with depression at other times, there are some important differences. Third, late-life depression frequently occurs in the setting of significant medical morbidity which complicates both the diagnosis and treatment. Last, depression in this age group often presents with altered cognition and unravelling mood from memory impairment requires skill. This book sets out the core knowledge about late-life depressive disorders and summarises the key evidence base for successful interventions relevant to practitioners who work with older people.

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