Age and depression.


The interaction of age and depression was investigated by comparing differences between elderly (greater than or equal to 60 years old) and younger consecutive in- and out-patient referrals to a tertiary referral mood disorders unit. Older patients with unipolar major depressive episode were more likely to be psychotic and agitated regardless of depressive subtype and less likely to have personality inadequacies or a family history of affective disorder. In this sample, elderly depressives' rating of diagnosis, severity, endogeneity and social impairment were similar, irrespective of age of first onset of depression, but a positive family history and personality abnormalities were less likely in late-onset depressives.


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@article{Brodaty1991AgeAD, title={Age and depression.}, author={Henry Brodaty and Katherine E Peters and Philip M. Boyce and Ian B. Hickie and Gordon Parker and Philip B. Mitchell and Kay Wilhelm}, journal={Journal of affective disorders}, year={1991}, volume={23 3}, pages={137-49} }