Year: 1989 Source: Primary Care, v.16, no.2, (June 1989), p.451-474 SIEC No: 19900174

This discussion of elderly depression emphasizes the need for accurate diagnosis which may be difficult due to atypical symptoms, medical illness, & drugs that may cause depressive symptoms. The use of cyclic antidepressants, said to be the drugs of first choice, is discussed extensively including the management of side effects. Information about ECT, psychotherapy, & treatment-resistant depression is presented & the need for suicide prevention strategies is noted. (88 ref)