Clinical manifestations of geriatric depression in a memory clinic: Toward a proposed subtyping of geriatric depression

Publication year: 2011
Source: Journal of Affective Disorders, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

Carol, Dillon , Gerardo, Machnicki , Cecilia M., Serrano , Galeno, Rojas , Gustavo, Vazquez , …

 Background: As the older population increases so does the number of older psychiatric patients. Elderly psychiatric patients manifest certain specific and unique characteristics. Different subtypes of depressive syndromes exist in late-life depression, and many of these are associated with cognitive impairment. Materials and methods: A total of 109 depressive patients and 30 normal subjects matched by age and educational level were evaluated using a neuropsychiatric interview and an extensive neuropsychological battery. Depressive patients were classified into four different groups by SCAN 2.1 (schedules for clinical assessment in Neuropsychiatry): major depression disorder (n: 34), dysthymia disorder (n: 29), subsyndromal depression (n: 28), and depression…