J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  1998 May;2(1):9-13.

The Etiology of Geriatric Mood Disorder

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Catholic University of Korea, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

In this brief overview, the author addresses the elements of late-life depression from a biological standpoint. The etiology of late-life depression is undoubtedly multifactorial. Few studies of the neurochemistry and neuropathology of depression in the elderly have yielded robust results. Even fewer studies suggest the presence of a trait-dependent marker for the geriatric depression. A key difficulty is the current inability to determine whether alleged markers are crucial to the genesis of the disorder or whether they are merely epiphenomena.

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Geriatric mood disorder; Late-life depression; Biology
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