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Diagnostic Criteria for Depression in Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Gerald Oppenheim
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Abstract

Depression and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are the two commonest mental disorders in the elderly; coexistence of the two conditions might therefore be expected to be a not infrequent occurrence. Reifler et al.1 found that 31% of 131 AD patients met DSM-III criteria for major affective disorder; and Lazarus et al.2 scored 20% of 44 AD patients as 17 or above on the Hamilton Scale for Depression.

Keywords

Depressed Mood Major Depressive Episode Common Mental Disorder Depressive Syndrome Infrequent Occurrence 
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