Late-life mood disorders

William J. Burke, Steven P. Wengel

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Mental disorders are not uncommon in late life. Although most psychiatric disorders occur less frequently in older populations compared with populations of younger adults, more than 10% of older adults have one or more psychiatric disorders. In addition, many older adults present with symptoms that do not meet the criteria for a specific disorder but nevertheless are clinically significant and affect quality of life. In this article the authors summarize the epidemiologic data for five psychiatric disorders and their subclinical forms: depression, anxiety, dementia, schizophrenia, and alcoholism. Also included is a discussion of risk factors and outcomes of these disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)777-797
Number of pages21
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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