Complementary use of tai chi chih augments escitalopram treatment of geriatric depression: a randomized controlled trial.

TitleComplementary use of tai chi chih augments escitalopram treatment of geriatric depression: a randomized controlled trial.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsLavretsky, H, Alstein LL, Olmstead RE, Ercoli LM, Riparetti-Brown M, Cyr NS, Irwin MR
JournalThe American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume19
Issue10
Pagination839-50
Date Published2011 Oct
ISSN1545-7214
KeywordsAged, Anxiety, C-Reactive Protein, Citalopram, cognition, Combined Modality Therapy, Depressive Disorder, Major, Female, Health Education, Humans, Male, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Quality of Life, Resilience, Psychological, Severity of Illness Index, Tai Ji
Abstract

Nearly two-thirds of elderly patients treated for depression fail to achieve symptomatic remission and functional recovery with first-line pharmacotherapy. In this study, we ask whether a mind-body exercise, Tai Chi Chih (TCC), added to escitalopram will augment the treatment of geriatric depression designed to achieve symptomatic remission and improvements in health functioning and cognitive performance.

DOI10.1111/j.1528-1167.2011.03065.x
Alternate JournalAm J Geriatr Psychiatry