Chapter 3. Depression in Elderly Patients

  1. Stephen Jackson Professor of Geriatric Medicine2,
  2. Paul Jansen3 and
  3. Arduino Mangoni4
  1. Richard Weeks,
  2. Ross Kalucy and
  3. Jo Hill

Published Online: 2 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch3

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

How to Cite

Weeks, R., Kalucy, R. and Hill, J. (2009) Depression in Elderly Patients, in Prescribing for Elderly Patients (eds S. Jackson, P. Jansen and A. Mangoni), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Clinical Gerontology, King's College Hospital, London, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Geriatric Medicine, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Flinders University, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychiatry, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAY 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470024287

Online ISBN: 9780470017975



  • depression in elderly patients;
  • depression and cognitive dysfunction;
  • cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT);
  • treatment of depression in elderly patients - multimodal;
  • electroconvulsive therapy (ECT);
  • tricyclic antidepressants (TCA) - causing sedation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Aetiology

  • Signs and symptoms

  • Diagnosis

  • Therapy

  • References