Nearly two-thirds of elderly patients treated for depression fail to achieve symptomatic remission and functional recovery with first-line pharmacotherapy. New strategies are needed to improve clinical outcomes of geriatric depression. In this presentation, the results of the recent trials involving combination and augmentation treatment strategies to improve clinical outcomes of late life unipolar depression are reviewed, including the use of atypical antipsychotics, stimulants, cognitive enhancers and cognitive remediation techniques, psychotherapies, as well as lifestyle interventions such as exercise, and the use of the complementary and alternative medicine techniques like Tai Chi, meditation, and yoga, herbal and nutritional supplements.
**This content was captured at the 2015 APA Annual Meeting and may reference information from various sources and terminology from previous editions of the DSM.
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- Review diagnosis of depression in older adults
- Describe recent advances in treatment of geriatric unipolar mood disorders
- Summarize data from the methylphenidate combination with citalopram trial to improve clinical and cognitive outcomes in geriatric depression
- Use mind-body interventions for treatment and prevention of geriatric depression
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Estimated Duration: 0.5 hours
Program Start Date: November 1, 2016
Program End Date: November 1, 2019
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- Helen Lavretsky, M.D., UCLA Semel Institute. Grant/Research Support: Forest
- Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Cristina Montalvo, M.D., Boston University Medical Center. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. .
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