Year: 1998 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.155, no.6, (June 1998), p.795-799 SIEC No: 19980965

Treatment outcome differences in relation to age at onset of first lifetime episode of recurrent major depression in elderly patients were examined. 2 groups of patients, early-onset (less than 60 years) & late-onset (60+ years), were studied. Early-onset patients took 5-6 weeks longer to achieve remission than did late-onset patients & a higher proportion had a history of suicide attempts. Results suggest that elderly depressed patients with early-onset illness need particular attention & care.