Pharmacotherapy and other treatments for elderly patients with depression.

TitlePharmacotherapy and other treatments for elderly patients with depression.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsSmall, GW
JournalThe Journal of clinical psychiatry
Date Published2010 Jan
KeywordsAged, Aging, Antidepressive Agents, Cognition Disorders, Depressive Disorder, Electroconvulsive Therapy, Humans, Psychotherapy

Depression in older adults can be difficult to diagnose and a challenge to treat. Clinicians must address treatment issues caused by aging, such as comorbid medical illness, physical limitations, or the presence of cognitive impairments. Proven treatments for depression in older adults include psychotherapy, medications, and electroconvulsive therapy. When choosing therapies for older patients, possible adverse side effects, drug interactions, and patient limitations should guide treatment selection.

Alternate JournalJ Clin Psychiatry