Late-life depression is defined in this article as unipolar depressive syndromes that older adults experience, typically around age 60 or older with clinically significant depressive symptoms or minor depression. Details here.
Evidence has accumulated on the efficacy of transcranial direct current stimulation in major depression. The authors review its potential mechanism of action, findings from recent clinical trials, and potential role in the treatment of depressive disorders.
The ethical status of suicide is not a question psychiatrists can ignore. After all, our duty to preserve and protect life is founded on moral values, even if they are so deeply embedded in our medical ethos that we no longer sense their moral underpinnings.
This case study of a 21-year-old female—referred by a relative because of longstanding severe interpersonal, academic, and occupational impairment—illustrates the importance of screening patients with brief episodes of depression for mixed features.
Here, a look into longer-term clinical and psychosocial outcomes of depressive disorder in early adulthood, as well as clinical and demographic variables associated with recurrence and lack of remission.
There are many rapidly effective treatments for mania in bipolar disorder. However, there are relatively few options for bipolar depression, and none that are rapidly effective—even though bipolar depression constitutes between 20% to 50% of all depressive disorders.
Charles Bowden, MD, clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, describes the management of patients with bipolar depression who are pregnant.