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Living Longer Depression Free: A Family Guide to Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Depression in Later Life

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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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Overview

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

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Both geriatric psychiatrists at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Miller and Reynolds here share their 20-plus years' experience of working with older people suffering from depression. As the authors remind readers, the incidence of depression significantly rises with age, and suicide, highly associated with depression, is five times more common in later life. This important, thorough work covers the various forms of and medical reasons for depression and how it's related to Alzheimer's and other diseases; reviews how to evaluate and treat depression, including medication and psychotherapy; and presents numerous strategies for staying free of depression for the long term. The helpful appendix contains hotline numbers of organizations that focus on depression and URLs related to depression and late-life issues. Though several works for health professionals contain similar information, this is the first book to address lay readers. Strongly recommended.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Miller and Reynolds (both: psychiatry, U. of Pittsburgh) offer non-professionals a framework within which to understand depression in later life. Though the incidence of depression among seniors is high and growing, they say it is highly treatable, with full recovery in over 80% of elders who receive adequate treatment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
The Senior Times
An excellent brief readable book on depression.

— Ruth Harriet Jacobs, Ph.D.

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Thorough, carefully written, responsible, and useful. It is easy to read and to understand, without being simplistic.

— Matt Robillard

International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry - Susan Bedford
It is good to see a book that so comprehensively informs sufferers and carers. It will be useful for those patients and carers who expect more information and want to take part in decisions.
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease - Paul E. Ruskin
Mark Miller and Charles F. Reynolds III are two of the leading geriatric depression researchers... This book provides a valuable resource for older patients and their families. It is a useful and welcome addition to the growing library of lay-oriented books on depression and other mental illnesses.
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society - Joshi John
This book will set the standard for some time to come... A first-rate resource for families and loved ones of depressed elders. Clear writing, concise tables, and solid science make this book the single-best text to offer the older depressed patient and family.
60 Minutes - Mike Wallace
Take it from one who's been there. This is a thorough, carefully done, responsible, and remarkably useful book. Easy to read and understand. I admire immensely what Drs. Miller and Reynolds have given us.
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
It is good to see a book that so comprehensively informs sufferers and carers. It will be useful for those patients and carers who expect more information and want to take part in decisions.

— Susan Bedford

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
The authors have succeeded in presenting the present stage of knowledge about late-life depression in a useful, user-friendly format.
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
This book will set the standard for some time to come... A first-rate resource for families and loved ones of depressed elders. Clear writing, concise tables, and solid science make this book the single-best text to offer the older depressed patient and family.

— Joshi John, MD and Gary J. Kennedy, MD

60 Minutes
Take it from one who's been there. This is a thorough, carefully done, responsible, and remarkably useful book. Easy to read and understand. I admire immensely what Drs. Miller and Reynolds have given us.

— Mike Wallace, Senior Correspondent

The Senior Times - Ruth Harriet Jacobs
An excellent brief readable book on depression.
Canadian Journal of Psychiatry - Matt Robillard
Thorough, carefully written, responsible, and useful. It is easy to read and to understand, without being simplistic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801869433
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark D. Miller, M.D., is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and medical director of the Late-Life Depression Prevention Clinic at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Charles F. Reynolds III, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry, neurology, and neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he is also director of the NIMH-funded Intervention Research Center for Late-Life Mood Disorders.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
I Understanding Late-Life Depression
1 Recognizing Depression 3
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
10 Future Research 154
Appendix 159
References 167
Index 179
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    A Must Read for Family Members

    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.

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