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Depression in old age

  • Cornelius LE Katona (a1) and Kuttalingam K Shankar (a1)

Abstract

Depression in old age is common, disabling and undertreated. This review will examine recent advances in our understanding of its clinical presentation, epidemiology, management and prognosis. The relationship of depression in old age with dementia and with physical illness is also discussed, as are the links between suicides, deliberate self-harm and depression in old age.

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Address for correspondence: C LE Katona, Department of Psychiatry, Royal Free and University College Medical School, Wolfson Building, Middlesex Site, London W1N 8AA, UK

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