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Does Depression Worsen Alzheimer's Symptoms?

by Carole Larkin, Alzheimer's & Dementia Expert
January 31, 2013

Question: Does depression worsen symptoms? If so, would antidepressants ever be prescribed to assist?

Answer: An excellent question! Absolutely depression can proceed or coexist with a dementia. Some research points to depression being a risk factor for dementia. I don’t know about that, but I’ve seen a number of cases where someone with dementia and depression was treated for the depression, and it helped their mood. I have also seen where doctors have treated depression instead of dementia. Those treatments didn’t help the memory issues at all, and became less effective on the behavioral issues, as more neurons died. I guess the easiest thing to say is it varies with each individual.

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Carole Larkin MA, CMC, CAEd, QDCS, EICS is a geriatric care manager who specializes in helping families with Alzheimer’s and related dementias issues. She also trains caregivers in home care companies, assisted livings, memory care communities, and nursing homes in dementia specific techniques for best care of dementia sufferers. Her company, ThirdAge Services LLC, is located in Dallas, TX.

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