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Late-life depression : issues for the general practitioner

Axel Van Damme (UGent) , Tom Declercq (UGent) , Lieve Lemey, Hannelore Tandt (UGent) and Mirko Petrovic (UGent)
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Late-life depression (LLD) is both a prevalent and life-threatening disorder, affecting up to 13.3% of the elderly population. LLD can be difficult to identify because patients mainly consult their general practitioner (GP) for somatic complaints. Moreover, patients may be hesitant to express the problem to their GP. Increased vigilance on the part of the GP can only benefit older people with depression. To recognize the risk of LLD, screening tools are provided in addition to treatment options for LLD. This review aims to provide the GP with guidance in recognizing and treating LLD. It tries to connect mainstream etiologies of LLD (e.g., vascular, inflammation, hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis) with risk factors and current therapies. Therefore, we provide a basis to the GP for decision-making when choosing an appropriate therapy for LLD.
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geriatric mental health, major depressive disorder, elder care, psychosomatic, geriatric psychiatry, RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED-TRIALS, SEROTONIN REUPTAKE INHIBITORS, OLDER-ADULTS, PRIMARY-CARE, RISK-FACTORS, ELECTROCONVULSIVE-THERAPY, COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT, COLLABORATIVE CARE, METAANALYSIS, DISEASE

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Van Damme, Axel, Tom Declercq, Lieve Lemey, Hannelore Tandt, and Mirko Petrovic. 2018. “Late-life Depression : Issues for the General Practitioner.” International Journal of General Medicine 11: 113–120.
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Van Damme, Axel, Declercq, T., Lemey, L., Tandt, H., & Petrovic, M. (2018). Late-life depression : issues for the general practitioner. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GENERAL MEDICINE, 11, 113–120.
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Van Damme A, Declercq T, Lemey L, Tandt H, Petrovic M. Late-life depression : issues for the general practitioner. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GENERAL MEDICINE. 2018;11:113–20.
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Van Damme, Axel, Tom Declercq, Lieve Lemey, et al. “Late-life Depression : Issues for the General Practitioner.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GENERAL MEDICINE 11 (2018): 113–120. Print.
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  abstract     = {Late-life depression (LLD) is both a prevalent and life-threatening disorder, affecting up to 13.3\% of the elderly population. LLD can be difficult to identify because patients mainly consult their general practitioner (GP) for somatic complaints. Moreover, patients may be hesitant to express the problem to their GP. Increased vigilance on the part of the GP can only benefit older people with depression. To recognize the risk of LLD, screening tools are provided in addition to treatment options for LLD. This review aims to provide the GP with guidance in recognizing and treating LLD. It tries to connect mainstream etiologies of LLD (e.g., vascular, inflammation, hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis) with risk factors and current therapies. Therefore, we provide a basis to the GP for decision-making when choosing an appropriate therapy for LLD.},
  author       = {Van Damme, Axel and Declercq, Tom and Lemey, Lieve and Tandt, Hannelore and Petrovic, Mirko},
  issn         = {1178-7074},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GENERAL MEDICINE},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {113--120},
  title        = {Late-life depression : issues for the general practitioner},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/ijgm.s154876},
  volume       = {11},
  year         = {2018},
}

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