Double jeopardy : comorbid anxiety and depression in later life

Beattie, Elizabeth, Pachana, Nancy A., & Franklin, Sara J. (2010) Double jeopardy : comorbid anxiety and depression in later life. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 3(3), pp. 209-220.

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Comorbid depression and anxiety in late life present challenges for geriatric mental health care providers. These challenges include identifying the often complex diagnostic presentations both clinically and in a research context. This potent comorbidity can be conceived as double jeopardy in older adults, further diminishing their quality of life. Geriatric health care providers need to understand psychiatric comorbidity of this type for accurate diagnosis and early referral to specialists, and to coordinate interdisciplinary care. Researchers in the field also need to recognize potential multiple impacts of comorbidities with respect to assessment and treatment domains. This article describes the prevalence of late-life depression and anxiety disorders and reviews studies on this comorbidity in older adults. Risk factors and protective factors for anxiety and depression in later life are reviewed, and information is provided about comparative symptoms, the selection of assessment tools, and challenges to the provision of interdisciplinary, evidence-based care.

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ID Code: 39635
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Comorbid depression, geriatric mental health care, psychiatric comorbidity
DOI: 10.3928/19404921-20100528-99
ISSN: 1940-4921
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
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Deposited On: 23 Jan 2011 23:35
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:28

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