Depression in the elderly. How to recognize masked symptoms and choose appropriate therapy

Postgrad Med. 1992 Jan;91(1):255-8, 261. doi: 10.1080/00325481.1992.11701181.


Depression in the elderly is one of the most serious undiagnosed health problems in the United States. All physicians who care for elderly patients need to become aware of the signs of masked depression and treat it vigorously. Dr Yesavage explains how to differentiate depression from dementia, describes useful diagnostic screening tests, and offers recommendations for pharmacologic treatment of geriatric depression.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Antidepressive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Dementia / diagnosis
  • Depression* / diagnosis
  • Depression* / therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Mental Status Schedule
  • Psychological Tests
  • Psychotherapy


  • Antidepressive Agents