Editorial| Volume 29, ISSUE 9, P927-929, September 2021

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Depression and Dementia Risk: Research Findings That Are Shovel-Ready for Clinicians

  • David C. Steffens
    Send correspondence and reprint requests to David C. Steffens, M.D., M.H.S., Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06030-1410
    Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
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Published:January 07, 2021DOI:
      Clinicians of a certain age, including this writer, who have had the privilege of developing longitudinal care relationships with scores of older depressed patients and their families, have experienced the joys, challenges and sorrows of working with this population. There is nothing like seeing a patient with depression severe enough to impair her usual activities and to cause her to pull back from her friends and extended family eventually turn the corner through a mix of meds, psychoeducation and therapy, and ultimately resume her daily life. However, not all patients experience a clear path to remission, with nonresponse, partial response, medication side effects, and ever-present psychosocial factors testing one's clinical skills. Sadly, we have also had the experience of working with an older patient and his family over many years, and then having a family member come forward with concerns about his memory slipping.
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