J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  2003 Dec;7(2):131-142.

Brain Neurologic Disorder and Depression in Elderly

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Inje University, Ilsanpaik Hospital, Ilsan, Korea.
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Soonchunhyang University, Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon, Korea. hanyjung@schbc.ac.kr


To help understanding of depression in elderly with stroke, Alzheimer's dementia and parkinson's disease, the authors reviewed the articles and books in this area. Depression is a very popular symptom of elderly patients but the neurologic conditions make it difficult to differentiate and find out depression from neurodegenerative deficits symptoms in elderly who have neurological disease. Even though various research obstacles in this area, depression in elderly with neurologic diseases (stroke, Alzheimer's dementia, and Parkinson's disease) could be a gateway of understanding of pathophysiology of depressive disorder perse. In this article, epidemiological study, pathophysiological study, symptomatology and treatment consideration were intensively reviewed and summarized. The more constructed and systematized studies are needed to understand the depression in elderly with stroke, Alzheimer's dementia and Parkinson's disease.


Depression; Elderly; Stroke; Alzheimer's dementia; Parkinson's disease
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