Anxiety and depression in the elderly: Do we know any more?

Byrne, Gerard J. and Pachana, Nancy A. (2010) Anxiety and depression in the elderly: Do we know any more?. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 23 6: 504-509. doi:10.1097/YCO.0b013e32833f305f

Author Byrne, Gerard J.
Pachana, Nancy A.
Title Anxiety and depression in the elderly: Do we know any more?
Journal name Current Opinion in Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0951-7367
Publication date 2010-09-24
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/YCO.0b013e32833f305f
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 6
Start page 504
End page 509
Total pages 6
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Language eng
Subject 111702 Aged Health Care
111714 Mental Health
920410 Mental Health
920502 Health Related to Ageing
Abstract Purpose of review
Formatted abstract
Purpose of review: The advent of global population ageing raises understandable concerns about the high-prevalence mental disorders in older people. Accordingly, this review covers recently published scientific articles concerning anxiety and depression.

Recent findings:
There is a paucity of findings on anxiety in older people, although the availability of several new scales suggests increased interest in this topic. The low prevalence of late-life depression in many population surveys does not appear to be due to misattribution of depressive symptoms to physical disorders. Although it is well established that dementia leads to depression, there is now increasing evidence for the proposition that depression leads to cognitive decline and dementia. There is now good evidence also for a bidirectional relationship between obesity and depression. The prognosis of treated late-life depression varies with baseline neuropsychological function and the severity of white matter hyperintensities.

Summary: An excellent body of research on depression in older people is now available, although more work on both pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments is needed. More research is urgently required into anxiety disorders in older people. These are highly prevalent and associated with considerable disease burden. As the literature on depression in older people reaches maturity, there should be greater research and clinical interest in anxiety.
Copyright: © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
Keyword Aged
Aged 80 and over
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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