Chapter 5. Depressive Disorders in the Elderly: A Review

  1. Helen Herrman5,
  2. Mario Maj6 and
  3. Norman Sartorius7
  1. Edmond Chiu1,
  2. David Ames2,
  3. Brian Draper3 and
  4. John Snowdon4

Published Online: 10 AUG 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470745892.ch5

Depressive Disorders, Third Edition

Depressive Disorders, Third Edition

How to Cite

Chiu, E., Ames, D., Draper, B. and Snowdon, J. (2009) Depressive Disorders in the Elderly: A Review, in Depressive Disorders, Third Edition (eds H. Herrman, M. Maj and N. Sartorius), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470745892.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 5

    University of Melbourne, Australia

  2. 6

    University of Naples, Italy

  3. 7

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  2. 2

    University of Melbourne and National Ageing Research Institute, Australia

  3. 3

    University of New South Wales and Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia

  4. 4

    University of Sydney, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 AUG 2009
  2. Published Print: 7 AUG 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470987209

Online ISBN: 9780470745892



  • depressive disorders in elderly;
  • DSM-IV and ICD-10 (World Health Organization, 1992);
  • cognitive impairment and structural abnormality association;
  • associations between social factors and late-life depression onset;
  • efficacy and treatment effectiveness;
  • Old Age Depression Interest Group (OADIG) in United Kingdom;
  • ECT for depression in dementia;
  • Geriatric Mental State (GMS) schedule;
  • depression and anxiety in dementia caregivers


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Presentation and Diagnosis

  • Epidemiology

  • Correlates

  • Aetiology and Risk Factors

  • Efficacy and Effectiveness of Treatment

  • Treatment-Resistant Depression

  • Prognosis

  • Conclusions

  • Summary

  • Acknowledgements

  • References