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Recognizing and treating late-life depression

Myrick, Lisa PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: July 2019 - Volume 32 - Issue 7 - p 51–53
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000558392.18267.d3
Special Topics in Geriatrics

ABSTRACT Patients over age 55 years who present with social isolation, loss of interest in activities, irritability, appetite loss, vague complaints, and insomnia are a diagnostic challenge for clinicians. This article describes a framework diagnosing and treating depression in older adults.

Lisa Myrick practices at CHE Behavioral Services in Augusta, Ga. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Acknowledgment The author would like to thank Lisa Daitch, MPAS, PA-C, associate professor in the PA program at Augusta (Ga.) University, for her assistance with this manuscript.

Roy A. Borchardt, PA-C, PhD; Michael D. Overcash, MPAS, PA-C; Jennifer M. Coombs, PhD, PA-C; Brian K. Yorkgitis, PA-C, DO; and Ellen D. Mandel, DMH, MPA, MS, PA-C, department editors

Copyright © 2019 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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