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Title: The many faces of geriatric depression
Authors: Heok, K.E. 
Ho, R. 
Keywords: Cognition
Depression
Heart
Pain
Risk factors
Subsyndromal
Issue Date: Nov-2008
Citation: Heok, K.E., Ho, R. (2008-11). The many faces of geriatric depression. Current Opinion in Psychiatry 21 (6) : 540-545. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1097/YCO.0b013e328311cdae
Abstract: Purpose of review Recent studies on five aspects of geriatric depression, namely subsyndromal depression, risk factors and association with chronic pain, cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment, are reviewed. Recent findings Subsyndromal depression in the elderly population is not uncommon in east Asia; the prevalence is about 8-9%. Risk factors of geriatric depression include poor health, brain injury, low folate and vitamin B12 and raised plasma homocysteine levels. Depressed elderly with chronic pain are prone to suicidal ideation. Depression is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and mortality in coronary heart disease. Summary The growing interest in research on geriatric depression could focus on early diagnosis to help doctors treat depression better at primary care level. © 2008 Wolters Kluwer Health|Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Source Title: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/107966
ISSN: 09517367
DOI: 10.1097/YCO.0b013e328311cdae
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