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The Use of Antidepressant Drugs in the Elderly Patient

  • Arthur J. PrangeJr.
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 6)

Abstract

Depression is a common syndrome in the general population, and the elderly are not spared. Silverman (1), in her work on the epidemiology of this condition, wrote: “. . . depression . . . reaches it greatest frequency in the middle years, and may decline somewhat in the later years of life.” Even the slight decline, I think, may be more apparent than real because of misdiagnosis. In any case, Roth (2) found that about half the elderly patients admitted to a mental hospital suffered from this syndrome.

Keywords

Biogenic Amine Antidepressant Drug Lithium Salt Older Patient Anxiolytic Property 
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