Treating Geriatric Depression: A 26‐week Interim Analysis

LISSY F. JARVIK, JIM MINTZ, JOANNE STEUER, ROBERT GERNER

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Abstract

Two concurrent studies of geriatric outpatients who received diagnoses of depression were conducted. In the first, patients were treated with one of two tricyclic antidepressants or with a placebo. In the second, patients were assigned to groups receiving either psychodynamic group therapy or cognitive‐behavioral group therapy. Patients in the placebo group showed the least improvement; most patients receiving group psychotherapy showed some improvement, but only 12% had full remissions; by contrast, 45% of patients receiving imipramine or doxepin had full remissions, while 36% of them experienced little or no benefit. An early response to tricyclic antidepressant drugs was a reliable predictor of continued improvement. 1982 The American Geriatrics Society

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)713-717
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume30
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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