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Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2013 Dec;36(4):545-60. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2013.08.004. Epub 2013 Oct 6.

Assessment of the person with late-life depression.

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Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program, Palmetto Health, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, 3555 Harden Street, Suite 301, Columbia, SC 29203, USA.

Abstract

This article discusses characteristic factors in the presentation of depressive disorders in persons older than age 65 years. Clinical presentation is discussed along with risk and protective factors. Detailed descriptions of tests useful for screening and diagnosis of depression in the elderly are presented. Each test is reviewed according to time to administer, sensitivity and specificity, outcomes, advantages, and disadvantages. The importance of clinical history and the diagnostic interview, as well as the role of laboratory studies and neuroimaging in the clinical evaluation are discussed.

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Clinical evaluation of depression; Clinical presentation of depression; Depression; Depression assessment; Geriatric depression; Late-life depression

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24229656
DOI:
10.1016/j.psc.2013.08.004
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