Alzheimer's patients more prone to depression

April 7, 2008 2:36:22 PM PDT
People with depression are more prone to also develop Alzheimer's disease.

Two new studies support the theory that depression truly is a risk factor for Alzheimer's not simply a sign the disease is developing. Depression may actually damage the part of the brain that Alzheimer's also attacks. So depression patients may be more vulnerable to Alzheimer's because of the changes already taking place in the brain.

Doctors at Rush University Medical Center were involved in part of this research published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.