Depressed Mood is Not a Risk Factor for Incident Dementia in a Community-Based Cohort

Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, 3501 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.
The American journal of geriatric psychiatry: official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 4.24). 09/2009; 17(8):653-63. DOI: 10.1097/JGP.0b013e3181aad1fe
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To determine the relationship between depressed mood and the development of Alzheimer disease in cognitively normal individuals.
Longitudinal and observational.
Community-based cohort study.
A total of 288 participants in the Cardiovascular Health Study-Cognition Study (mean age: 77.52, SD =3.65, range: 70-89). All of the participants were adjudicated as cognitively normal in 1998/1999, and all had at least three visits before 1998/1999 with measures of cognition and mood state. The mean length of follow-up from 1998-1999 to 2007 was 7.1 years (range: 1-9 years, median =9 years).
The Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression Scale (CESD) was used to index mood state, and the Modified Mini-Mental State Examination (3MSE) was the index of cognitive function among participants before 1998/1999. These measures were considered in two ways: participants were classified according to: 1) whether they showed a high-negative correlation between their CESD and 3MSE scores (i.e., indicating that greater depression was linked to poorer cognition) and 2) whether they showed persistently elevated CESD scores. The study outcome, development of dementia (N = 48), was based on consensus classifications, which was based on detailed neuropsychological and neurological exams.
The authors could find no consistent relationship between mood state, either alone or in relation to cognitive status, and the subsequent development of dementia. Those individuals whose cognitive functions were highly correlated with their mood state were no more likely to develop dementia than other participants. Those who had persistently depressed mood were also no more likely to develop dementia than those without persistently depressed mood.
Within the confines of this prospective, community-based study of elderly adults, the authors could not find strong evidence to support the hypothesis that mood disturbance was linked with the development of dementia.

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    • "However, memory (Biringer et al., 2005) and visual–spatial ability (Hart et al., 1987) have also been found to be impaired in other studies. Furthermore, some investigations suggest that LLD increases the risk for continued cognitive decline and subsequent dementia, even after symptoms remit (Green et al., 2003; Ownby et al., 2006; Lee et al., 2007), while in other studies, these associations were not found (Lindsay et al., 2002; Ganguli et al., 2006; Becker et al., 2009). The question as to why depression in late life can have a pervasive negative influence on cognition in some individuals but not all remains to be reconciled. "
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    • "The present study failed to demonstrate an association between depression and incidence of dementia, in spite of the fact that most previous studies demonstrated an increased risk of dementia in old subjects who endorsed depressive symptoms [17, 23–25]. In fact, the previous negative studies had small sample size [2, 26] or were not population based but performed in specialized clinical setting [27]. In addition, the follow-up periods were usually larger in the positive studies [17, 25]. "
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