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Comorbid Neurological Illness 

Comorbid Neurological Illness
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Comorbid Neurological Illness
Author(s):

Dylan Wint

and Jeffrey Cummings

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199796816.003.0017
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date: 22 February 2020

Cerebrovascular disease, movement disorders, epilepsy, and other neurological diseases disproportionately affect the elderly. Prevalence rates of mood disorders, particularly depression, exceed 20% in most neurological disorders. Thus, many mood disturbances in the elderly are comorbid with neurological illness. Furthermore, elderly individuals and neurological patients have high rates of mood-related morbidity and mortality. Unfortunately, mood disorders in neurological conditions are poorly recognized and under-treated. This chapter discusses the problem of mood disorders in specific neurological conditions in the elderly, and provides a general framework for approaching and treating these problems.

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