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World J Psychiatry. Jan 19, 2022; 12(1): 59-76
Published online Jan 19, 2022. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v12.i1.59
Depression among caregivers of patients with dementia: Associative factors and management approaches
Si-Sheng Huang
Si-Sheng Huang, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Changhua Christian Hospital, Changhua 500, Taiwan
Author contributions: Huang SS designed the study and interpreted the data, drafted the article and approved the final version of the article to be published.
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Corresponding author: Si-Sheng Huang, MD, Attending Doctor, Director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Changhua Christian Hospital, No. 135, Nanhsiao Street, Changhua 500, Taiwan.
Received: March 31, 2021
Peer-review started: March 31, 2021
First decision: July 15, 2021
Revised: July 29, 2021
Accepted: November 30, 2021
Article in press: November 30, 2021
Published online: January 19, 2022
Core Tip

Core Tip: The prevalence of depression among caregivers of patients with dementia is higher than that of the general population. The cause of depression in caregivers is complicated and thought to be related to the patients, caregivers and cultural backgrounds. Multifaceted treatment for depression is regarded as the current mainstream clinical intervention. In some areas, supplementation with smart technology for interventions to alleviate the burden and depression of caregivers could be considered. There are also some ideas and directions for future research included in the conclusion section of this review.