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Br J Psychiatry. 1990 Sep;157:425-7.

The depressed elderly living in the community. A follow-up study.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory, Republic of South Africa.


In a 1982 community survey, 23 elderly respondents were rated as having a depressive disorder by CATEGO. Twenty survivors were followed up three and a half years later. The depression had remitted within one year in seven cases but nine were still depressed. There is a need for ongoing education of GPs about the recognition and course of depression in the elderly.

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