J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  2004 Dec;8(2):90-95.

Geriatric Depression

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Hallym University College of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea. dohkim@hallym.ac.kr

Abstract

Geriatric depression is a major public health problem. There has been significant progress in our understanding of the nature, clinical course, and treatment of geriatric depression. Important new findings have emerged in a number of areas directly affecting clinical care and have, in turn, stimulated further research. These findings include the association of geriatric depression with brain abnormality and vascular disease;clinical importance of subsyndromal depression;the possible role of sex hormone;the clinical utility of new antidepressant treatments:and clear relationship between depression and suicide. These new findings in various area of geriatric depression were discussed in the present article.

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Geriatric depression; Brain abnormality; Vascular disease Subsyndromal depression
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