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Depression in Dementia: Challenges in Diagnosis and Management


Wednesday, 14 October 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

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Dr. Dallas Seitz MD PhD FRCPC (Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry)

Dr. Seitz is Assistant Professor, Clinician Scientist and Head of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at Queen’s University and Clinical Director of the Seniors’ Mental Health Program at Providence Care in Kingston, Ontario. Dr. Seitz completed fellowship training in clinical epidemiology at the University of Toronto and a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research at the University of Toronto. His current research examines health service utilization of older adults with psychiatric disorders; evaluation of the safety and efficacy of treatments for geriatric mental health conditions; and, knowledge translation in geriatric mental health.

Dr. Julia Kirkham MD FRCPC (Psychiatry)
Dr. Kirkham recently completed a clinical fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Queen's University, where she is now an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry. Her clinical and research interests include depression and its treatment in older adults and quality improvement in Psychiatry. 



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. 


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