Volume 9 Issue 5 - 2020
Depression and Cognitive Impairment
Volicer L*
School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA and Charles University School of Medicine, Prague, Czech Republic
*Corresponding Author: Volicer L, School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA and Charles University School of Medicine, Prague, Czech Republic.
Received: March 16, 2020; Published: April 18, 2020

Review by Sukiasyan and Tadevosyan published in this issue describes risk factor for development of depression. They provide a comprehensive list of these factors except that they are glossing over the issue of cognitive impairment. They are wrong when they call attention and short-term memory deficit in elderly patient “dementia” and state that these symptoms can be completely reversible with appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, there is currently no effective treatment for cognitive impairment and dementia occurring in many elderly patients. Cognitive impairment (CI) has very complex relationship with depression which may include difficulty diagnosing depression in a person with dementia, dementia being a risk factor for development of CI, depression being one of the first symptoms of developing CI, depression and dementia having some common pathogenetic processes, and depression having some specific consequences if it occurs in a person with dementia.


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Citation: Volicer L. “Depression and Cognitive Impairment”. EC Psychology and Psychiatry 9.5 (2020): 30-32.

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