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Public Health Burden of Late-Life Mood Disorders 

Public Health Burden of Late-Life Mood Disorders
Public Health Burden of Late-Life Mood Disorders

Mijung Park

and Jürgen Unützer

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date: 01 December 2021

This chapter reviews the public health burden associated with late-life mood disorders. Mood disorders cause substantial distress for affected individuals, their families and larger society directly and indirectly. We review the associations between mood disorders, disability, and quality of life. Mood disorders also increase morbidity and mortality directly and through their interactions with other chronic medical conditions. We present several mechanisms for increased medical burden related to late-life mood disorders. We examine the burden of mood disorders on formal care, and on broader informal care systems such as family and loved ones. Finally, we present strategies for addressing public health burden of late-life mood disorders through prevention, early detection, and effective treatment programs.

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