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Mood disorders in the elderly 

Mood disorders in the elderly
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Mood disorders in the elderly
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Robert Baldwin

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10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0201
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date: 25 August 2019

This chapter considers some of the commonly asked questions about mood disorders in later life. Is depression in later life a distinct clinical syndrome? How common is it? Is there an organic link, for example to cerebral changes, and if so, is there an increased risk of later dementia? Is it more difficult to diagnose and treat late-life depression, and once treated, is the outcome good, bad, or indifferent? The emphasis will be on depression but bipolar disorder and mania will also be considered.

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