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Assessment and management 

Assessment and management
Assessment and management

Robert C. Baldwin

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date: 13 November 2019

Antidepressant drugs are effective in older patients with depressive episode, with no important differences in individual drug efficacy

Antidepressants are effective in depressed patients with a range of physical co-morbid conditions, although tolerability varies.

Age should not be a barrier to receiving a psychological therapy

For chronic depression combining antidepressant medication with a psychological intervention increases the chance of recovery

CBT does not require extensive modification for older people

Supportive psychotherapy is not ‘doing nothing’.

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