Depression in Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Linda Teri
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


Depression and dementia often coexist. Although estimates vary, approximately 30% of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) also meet criteria for the clinical syndrome of depression (Teri & Wagner, 1992; Wragg & Jeste, 1989). This syndrome is characterized by dysphoric mood, loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyable activities, and associated symptoms such as disturbances of sleep, appetite, fatigue; feelings of worthlessness, guilt, self-reproach; and suicidal ideation or attempts. In addition, an even higher percentage of patients exhibits individual depression symptoms, although not of sufficient severity or duration to merit the diagnosis of depression.


Demented Patient American Geriatrics Society Depressive Behavior Pleasant Activity Enjoyable Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Teri
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of Washington School of MedicineSeattleUSA

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