Introduction

In this chapter we consider some of the commonly asked questions about mood disorders in later life. Is depression in later life a syndrome with its own characteristic symptoms and distinct risk factors? Is it more common in older people? Is there an aetiological link between late-life depression and cerebral changes and, if so, is there an increased risk of later dementia? Is it more difficult to diagnose and treat and, once treated, is the outcome good, bad, or indifferent? The emphasis will be on depression, but bipolar disorder and mania will also be touched upon.

BiPolar Explained

BiPolar Explained

Bipolar is a condition that wreaks havoc on those that it affects. If you suffer from Bipolar, chances are that your family suffers right with you. No matter if you are that family member trying to learn to cope or you are the person that has been diagnosed, there is hope out there.

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