Epidemiology of Mental Disorders in Older Women

  • Heather A. Kenna
  • Talayeh Ghezel
  • Natalie L. Rasgon


The epidemiology of mental disorders in older women is complex because of overlapping symptomatology with common chronic medical conditions, including cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disorders. There also exist many overlapping symptoms within specific mental disorders common in older women, such as cognitive impairment and depressed mood as symptoms of both major depressive disorder (MDD) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Greater understanding of mental disorders in older women is of significant clinical importance, especially given the well-documented demographic imperatives such as the increasingly older age distribution of the population and the disproportionate rise in health care expenditures with increasing age (Martini et al. 2007).


Major Depressive Disorder Anorexia Nervosa Suicidal Ideation Eating Disorder Bulimia Nervosa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heather A. Kenna
    • 1
  • Talayeh Ghezel
  • Natalie L. Rasgon
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford Center for Neuroscience in Women’s HealthStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

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