Mood Disorders: Introduction | Epidemiology | Clinical Course | Etiology | Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis
of Late-Life Mood Disorders | Diagnostic Workup of the Depressed Older Adult | Treatment | Key Points | References | Suggested Readings
Questions regarding depression in old age are
frequently posed: Do persons become more depressed as they grow
older? Does depression become more difficult to treat with increased
age? Is depression more difficult to identify in the older adult?
The answers to these questions rest in part with the definition
of late-life depression. Depression in late life is not a unitary construct.
Depending on how depression is defined, the answers to questions
regarding late-life depression vary.