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Do people with alzheimer's disease also get depressed?
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Depression often precedes the development of dementia in alzheimers disease.
In early alzheimers it can be difficult to diagnose the dementia though the depression is easier to see. In later alzheimers, the symptoms of depression may be there but a depressive illness is much less common. Some patients with advanced alzheimers benefit from antidepressants though these medications do have risks.

In brief: Yes
Depression often precedes the development of dementia in alzheimers disease.
In early alzheimers it can be difficult to diagnose the dementia though the depression is easier to see. In later alzheimers, the symptoms of depression may be there but a depressive illness is much less common. Some patients with advanced alzheimers benefit from antidepressants though these medications do have risks.
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
People with a diagnosed dementia disorder (such as alzheimer's) can and many times will develop some depressive symptoms but they can be very difficult to clarify in the midst of the dementia.
Also, many times the initial presentation of suspected dementia may actually be depression in an older individual and must be ruled out prior to diagnosing a true dementia disorder.

In brief: Yes
People with a diagnosed dementia disorder (such as alzheimer's) can and many times will develop some depressive symptoms but they can be very difficult to clarify in the midst of the dementia.
Also, many times the initial presentation of suspected dementia may actually be depression in an older individual and must be ruled out prior to diagnosing a true dementia disorder.
Dr. Jason Campbell
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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: Yes
It is often hard to treat and identify, since both can co-exist, however a helpful tip is sudden deterioration in a stable patient with alzheimers.

In brief: Yes
It is often hard to treat and identify, since both can co-exist, however a helpful tip is sudden deterioration in a stable patient with alzheimers.
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
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Dr. HIndi Mermelstein
Yes . Depression affects large portion of those suffering from dementia and the symptoms can intensify the symptoms and their impact.
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