Reviews in Clinical Gerontology

Review Article

Early-onset and late-onset depression in older adults: psychological perspectives

Jemma Boyd a1c1, Fionnuala McKiernan a1 and Glen Waller a1
a1 Training Course in Clinical Psychology, Southampton, UK


Depression is the most common mental health problem in old age, presenting a significant challenge to mental health services for older adults. The high chronicity, relapse and mortality rates associated with late-life depression suggest that existing treatments for late-life depression are insufficient. Therefore, current theoretical understandings may require further development. Given the growing population of older adults, the need to improve our understanding of late-life depression is increasingly urgent.

c1 Address for correspondence: J Boyd, Training Course in Clinical Psychology, Shackleton Building, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK.