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Symptoms of depression in the course of multi-infarct dementia and dementia of Alzheimer’s type

  • W. Danielczyk
  • P. Fischer
  • M. Simanyi
  • G. Gatterer
  • A. Marterer
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Summary

Symptoms of depression are associated with both Multi-Infarct dementia (MID) and Dementia of Alzheimer’s type (DAT). We investigated anxiety and depressed mood in 37 MID-patients and 55 DAT-patients of various stages of dementia. Diagnosis was carried out using the commonly accepted criteria of the DSM-III-R and the NINCDS-ADRDA criteria for “probable DAT”, respectively. Severity of dementia was rated by the help of the Mini-Mental State examination.

We found comparable rates of depression in mild-to-moderate MID and DAT, respectively. Severely demented DAT-patients were far less anxious and depressed than equally demented MID-patients. Progression of dementia reduced depression in DAT but favoured depressive symptoms in MID.

Keywords

Depressive Symptom Depressed Mood Demented Patient Ischemic Score Functional Somatic Symptom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Danielczyk
    • 1
  • P. Fischer
    • 2
  • M. Simanyi
    • 1
  • G. Gatterer
    • 1
  • A. Marterer
    • 2
  1. 1.Working Group: Alzheimer’s-Dementia-ResearchLudwig Boltzmann Institute of Aging ResearchViennaAustria
  2. 2.Neurological InstituteUniversity of ViennaAustria

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