Depression in carers of elderly people living at home

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7040.1224 (Published 11 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1224

Alcohol misuse could be a factor

  1. R H Bird
  1. Senior registrar in substance misuse Community Alcohol Team, Leicestershire Community Drug and Alcohol Services, Narborough, Leicester LE9 5DF

    EDITOR,—In their study of the prevalence of depression in carers of elderly people living at home, Gill Livingston and colleagues used diagnoses according to ICD-10.1 However, there was no mention of the ICD-10 category F10-F19, disorders due to psychoactive substance use. I suppose this was due to it not being sought rather than it not existing, as excessive drinking is widespread—28% …

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