Year: 1978 Source: Journal of the American Geriatric Society, v.26, no.3, (1978), p.136-138 SIEC No: 19820835

An elderly depressed couple with multiple physical problems decided that death was preferable to their present life style and made a suicide pact. At the last minute the wife felt unable to go through with it and the couple entered a psychiatric hospital. During their 3-week stay they were treated appropriately with amitriptyline and psychotherapy. Since discharge they have been followed closely for two years. Some psycho- and socio-dynamic and therapeutic aspects are discussed.