Depression and Alzheimer's Disease

Depression and Alzheimer's Disease
Published on, 24 July, 2023. Answered by Dr. Aparna G and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
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How does depression influence the progression of Alzheimer's disease, and what are the effective methods for managing it?


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Depression has been linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD), and it can also manifest as one of the psychological symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease. When it comes to managing depression in patients with Alzheimer's disease, a personalized approach is crucial. Similar to the use of psychotropic medications in the elderly, treatment begins with a low dosage and is gradually increased, taking into account the individual's specific needs and responses. This careful and patient-tailored approach ensures optimal management of both depression and Alzheimer's disease, aiming to enhance the overall well-being and quality of life for the affected individual.




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