Friday, October 12, 2007
Brain Function Linked to Late-Onset Depression
A new study suggests that People with late-onset depression show poorer performance on executive function tests than those with early onset depression. Also, they showed a tendency for repeated negative thinking patterns. When executive dysfunction does not lead to rumination, it usually does not predict late-onset depression. Late-onset depression usually affects people 60 and over. It is linked to a decline in the brain's executive functions that leads to repetetive, negative, thought patterns.