Date: October 15, 2015
Hosted by: brainXchange in partnership with Providence Continuing Care and the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)
Presented by: Dr. Dallas Seitz MD PhD FRCPC (Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry) and Dr. Julia Kirkham MD FRCPC (Psychiatry)
Summary: Depressive symptoms and major depressive disorder are common among individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. The relationship between depression and dementia is complex. Identifying depression in dementia (DpD) can be challenging as many symptoms of dementia can mimic depression, and depression can also contribute to development of cognitive impairment. Successful treatment planning for DpD relies on accurate detection of DpD when it is present or ruling out DpD when other conditions may be present. A number of brief screening tools may be useful in the diagnosis of DpD, although optimal screening tools to use for diagnosing DpD and factors that may affect the accuracy these tools are not known. In this presentation, attendees will be provided with an overview of factors related to DpD, challenges in diagnosing DpD with screening tools, and strategies that may be used to treat DpD. This presentation is part of a CIHR funded project examining the diagnostic test accuracy of depression rating scales for the diagnosis of DpD.