Depression in the elderly is a common problem that is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Late-life depression is associated with significant medical and psychiatric morbidity and mortality, including suicide. Antidepressant medications play a vital role in the treatment of late-life depression, along with nonpharmacologic treatments, such as psychotherapy and electroconvulsive therapy. Evidence suggests that all the available antidepressants are equally efficacious. Selection of an agent is usually made after considering safety, tolerability, and the presence of other medical conditions. Most older patients can be treated safely and effectively, and sustained remission with minimal residual symptoms should be the goal of treatment.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 1 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health