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Depression affects people of all ages, but is both more common and more serious for those over sixty. As many as half of all nursing home residents have depression, as do up to 40 percent of those who visit primary care clinics. Late-life depression is a disease with unique risk factors. Health problems, physical limitations, the loss of loved ones, and fears about financial issues all contribute to an increased incidence of depression, which, despite its prevalence, is not a normal part of the aging process. It ...
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Depression affects people of all ages, but is both more common and more serious for those over sixty. As many as half of all nursing home residents have depression, as do up to 40 percent of those who visit primary care clinics. Late-life depression is a disease with unique risk factors. Health problems, physical limitations, the loss of loved ones, and fears about financial issues all contribute to an increased incidence of depression, which, despite its prevalence, is not a normal part of the aging process. It can intensify existing medical conditions such as chronic pain and is far more likely to lead to suicide than does depression in younger people. There is good news, however: 80 percent of older people who receive treatment for depression make a complete recovery and enjoy fulfilling lives.
In Living Longer Depression Free, Mark D. Miller, M.D., and Charles F. Reynolds III, M.D., draw on their considerable experience in geriatric psychiatry to help elderly persons, their families, and their physicians accurately diagnose and treat late-life depression. This comprehensive, up-to-date guide begins with a discussion of the different types of depression, their causes, and symptoms. The authors then describe how doctors evaluate depression; present the treatment options available to patients today, including psychotherapy, medication, and alternative treatments; and offer strategies for achieving long-term mental health. Each chapter opens with a list of frequently asked questions and uses case studies to personalize the information provided, and the book closes with a useful list of resources for further information, including hotlines and websites.
Compassionate and accessible, Living Longer Depression Free is an invaluable guide for older people and their families striving to overcome this debilitating disease and prevent its recurrence.
Johns Hopkins University Press
— Ruth Harriet Jacobs, Ph.D.
— Matt Robillard
— Susan Bedford
— Joshi John, MD and Gary J. Kennedy, MD
— Mike Wallace, Senior Correspondent
|I||Understanding Late-Life Depression|
|2||The Many Forms of Depression||19|
|3||Medical Reasons for Depression in Later Life||34|
|4||Psychological and Social Reasons for Depression in Later Life||53|
|II||Evaluating and Treating Depression|
|5||Getting Help for Depression: Where to Go, What to Expect||67|
|6||Talking Therapy for Late-Life Depression||82|
|7||What Modern Medicine Can Offer for Late-Life Depression||97|
|8||Complementary or Alternative Treatments Used for Mental Health||116|
|III||Staying Free of Depression for the Long Term|
|9||Strategies for Living Depression Free for the Long Term||135|
Posted April 24, 2003
If you or someone you love suffers from late life depression, this is an excellent book to read. Dr. Miller is my Mom's physician and because of him, my mother is LIVING better with her late life depression. An important addition to this book is knowing and understanding the medications your family member is taking. I first saw the book in our library and now I'm buying it for our home library.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.