Show Summary Details
Page of

Introduction 

Introduction
Chapter:
Introduction
Author(s):

Robert C. Baldwin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199671632.003.0001
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2016. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

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.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.