Tom Johnson

Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Depression and dementia are otlen co-morbid conditions. The assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of these conditions is difficult, as each condition has symptoms associated with the other condition. Antidepressants are often used to treat the conditions when occurring comorbidly, but this has been questioned in recent years. This paper will utilize a literature review for evidence-based tools to provide the most beneficial clinical outcomes. Areas for further research or attention on this topic include determining whether depression can be diagnosed distinctly in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and what treatments are safe and effective for depression in AD. The results of this study will be presented to the writer's adviser for review, further recommendations, and approval