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Emotional Flatness in Alzheimer’s Can Seem Like Depression

Posted Jul 27 2010 12:00am

Because doctors and lay people alike often leap to the conclusion that an elder with an Alzheimer's diagnosis, and exhibiting lack of interest in his or her surroundings, is depressed, I found a new study undertaken at the University of Florida intriguing. In an article titled, "Emotional Flatness Can Be Mistaken for Depression in Alzheimer's Patients," researchers spelled out the difference between clinical depression and what they termed "emotional flatness." The study showed that doctors often prescribe anti-depressants for Alzheimer's patients who aren't clinically depressed. These Alzheimer's patients are just exhibiting a fairly normal response to their surroundings considering the disease they live with.

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