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Geriatrics. 1997 Apr;52(4):51-2, 58-60, 63-4.

Late-life depression: treatment strategies for primary care practice.

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Department of Geriatrics and adult Development, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, USA.

Abstract

Most patients age 65 and older with symptoms of depression respond well to treatment. Choices of therapy include medications, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and psychotherapy. Every primary care physician should be comfortable with using at least two or three medicines from different drug classes. The likelihood of side effects depends on the antidepressant prescribed and other medications the patient might be taking. The combination of medication with psychotherapy appears more effective than one or the other alone. ECT is the treatment of choice when rapid results are needed (eg, if the patient is suicidal or losing weight quickly and in danger of a medical crisis). The physician/patient relationship can be a strong antidepressant.

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