Background The prevalence of mental disorders among the community-dwelling elderly in the catchment area of a psychiatry for the elderly service in Dublin was determined.
Method A sample of 1232 individuals aged 65 years and over, identified from general practitioner practice lists, was interviewed using the Geriatric Mental State-AGECAT package.
Results Depression and organic disorder occurred with prevalences of 10.3 and 4.1%, respectively.
Depression diagnostic cases had comorbid anxiety at case level in 17.3% and at sub-case level in a further 59.9%. Organic diagnostic cases had comorbid depressive or anxiety symptoms, at case or sub-case level, in 32%. Conclusions Depression is the most common mental disorder among the elderly in Dublin.
The frequency of anxiety symptoms in the presentation ofdepression may be a factor in the under-diagnosis or misdiagnosis ofdepression in the community-dwelling elderly.
Comorbid anxiety and depression in organic disorder may represent treatable symptoms.
Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble psychiatrique, Prévalence, Communauté, Irlande, Europe, Epidémiologie, Vieillard, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mental disorder, Prevalence, Community, Ireland, Europe, Epidemiology, Elderly, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0529086
Code Inist : 002B18E. Création : 13/02/1998.