Background. Little is known about the relationship between sudden loss, social isolation, and onset of major depressive disorder (MDD) with psychotic features. We report two cases of MDD with psychotic features that developed in older women after the sudden loss of a spouse in the setting of social isolation in the COVID-19 pandemic. Case reports. Both women were brought to stay with family after their symptoms were discovered. Both experienced remission of symptoms on the combination of an antidepressant and a relatively low dose of risperidone (1.5-2 mg daily). Neuropsychological assessments were typical of normal ageing. Conclusions. These cases suggest that unexpected loss and social isolation may precipitate psychotic depression, and providers may want to recommend social engagement for older adults experiencing bereavement.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics|
|State||Published - Dec 2022|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology