Late-life depression is a complicated disorder with diagnostic and treatment pitfalls due to interference of serious conditions of life in old age and due to an "atypical" profile of symptoms. The article treats the nature of these difficulties. It is concluded that late-life depression is a field demanding extended somatic knowledge by the psychotherapist. It is also concluded that even though the last decades have brought much clarification, there are still unanswered questions especially related to causal mechanisms.
Nordic Psychology (online), 2007, Vol 59, Issue 1, p. 7-26