Year: 1993 Source: Australian Family Physician, v.22, no.7, (July 1993), p.1195-1203 SIEC No: 19930838

Depression in the elderly often presents atypically & may complicate many medical conditions as well as increasing the risk of suicide. This article discusses many atypical presentations of depression, including reverse vegetative features, pseudodementia, paranoid states, physical illness, anxiety states, substance abuse, criminal behaviours & behaviour disturbances. An accidental overdose of prescribed medications may in fact be a suicide attempt. (20 refs.)