The Relationship between Depression and Dementia

Posted by on Friday | January 4, 2013

The Relationship between Depression and Dementia

Depression is related to, but does not necessarily causes, dementia – if the results of a study published in the Archives of Neurology journal are to be believed.

Researchers tracked about 2,000 elderly New York residents who had a history of depression. They found that though depression accompanied dementia symptoms, the former didn’t always precede the latter.

From this, the researchers inferred that depression was merely a symptom of dementia, rather than its cause. The results of the study also suggest that treating depression alone isn’t enough to stop eventual memory loss. Further study is still needed on the exact mechanisms of the relationship between depression and dementia, though.

Nevertheless, it’ll be beneficial to your elderly loved ones’ health if you treat any depression symptoms they have as soon as possible.


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