Major Depressive Disorder May Be More Persistent For Older Individuals, Research Indicates.

June 7, 2018

The New York Times (6/7, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports, “Depression in older people tends to be more severe, last longer and be less likely to remit than the same disease in younger people,” research indicated.

        MedPage Today (6/7) reports the study revealed that “within a cohort of 18- to 88-year-old patients, older age was tied to a worse two-year course of depression across several variables,” with patients age 70 and older having the “‘worst outcomes’ over two years.” The findings of the 1,042-adult study were published online June 7 in The Lancet Psychiatry. The author of an accompanying comment “suggested these findings could...potentially be due to underlying metabolic and vascular factors in the older population, such as metabolic syndrome, chronic inflammation, and cerebrovascular disease.”


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