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Depressive Disorders Among Family Caregivers of People Living with Dementia

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Demographic aging is a worldwide phenomenon. Dementia is one of the most disabling conditions affecting older people, and its prevalence and associated costs are expected to rise significantly within the next few decades. Most people living with dementia, especially those from low socioeconomic backgrounds, are cared for and supported by their family members, who are mostly women. The negative physical and psychosocial impact of caring for a person with dementia, including depressive disorders, has been widely documented. Comprehensive management of dementia usually encompasses psychoeducation, training, and counseling in coordination with mental health-care interventions. Several types of non-pharmacological interventions have been developed, with evidence supporting especially cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based programs.

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This work was supported by ANID – Millennium Science Initiative Program – ICS13_005 and ICS2019_024. In addition, CM-C received funding from ANID – FONDECYT – 1191726, and TT-M from ANID – Doctorado Internacional/2020-72210393.

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Correspondence to Claudia Miranda-Castillo .

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Miranda-Castillo, C., Tapia-Muñoz, T., Oliveira, D., Sáez, S. (2023). Depressive Disorders Among Family Caregivers of People Living with Dementia. In: Martínez, V., Miranda-Castillo , C. (eds) Prevention and Early Treatment of Depression Through the Life Course. Depression and Personality. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-13029-8_10

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