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- Geriatric depression, or depression in a population over the age of 60, is a highly debilitating mental health condition with a prevalence of 25% versus 10% in the general population.1, 2 Increasing prevalence is expected in the next 30 years with a rise in the population size for adults over 60 from 12% to 22%.3
- Limiting variables in the treatment of geriatric depression include polypharmacy, intolerable adverse effects, medical comorbidities, drug resistance and atypical symptom presentation.2-7
- Due to uniformity in underlying pathophysiology, current treatment guidelines for geriatric depression are the same as for the general population.8
- Alternative treatment options, including electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) are evolving, but underresearched.8
geriatric depression, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, electroconvulsive therapy, side effects, efficacy, tolerability
Geriatrics | Medicine and Health Sciences | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health
Sarro, Madeleine, "The Role of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) v. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) in Geriatric Depression Treatment: Efficacy & Tolerability" (2023). Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Capstone Presentations (Center City). 1.