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Epidemiology | Clinical Course | Etiology | Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis of Late-Life Mood Disorders | Diagnostic Workup of the Depressed Older Adult | Treatment | Conclusion | References


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.

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