Diagnosis and Management of Depressed Mood in the Older Person
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Depressive symptoms are not synonymous with a depressive disorder.
There is a wide range of explanations for depressive symptoms, many of which are not related to psychiatric illness.
The presence or absence of melancholic symptoms is a core diagnostic distinction, particularly in the older individual.
Effective treatment of a major depressive episode includes pharmacological, social and psychological strategies.
The evidence for differential efficacy of antidepressants is modest.
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