Recognizing and Treating Depression in the Elderly

Mark D. Miller, MD

Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health eJournal. 1997;2(2) 

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When To Hospitalize?

Depressed geriatric patients should be considered for inpatient psychiatric hospitalization if they are suicidal, have complex medical problems, are candidates for ECT, show severe psychotic symptoms, or do not have an adequate social support system.[6] A specialized geriatric psychiatry unit is preferred in order to maximize the benefit of a trained multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, internists, nurses, and social workers to address the patient's needs.


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