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Seniors and Depression

In older people, certain life changes can increase the risk for depression:

Depression can also be related to a physical illness, such as:

The first steps for treatment:

If this doesn’t help, medications to treat depression and talk therapy may help. It’s also helpful to:

If you experience symptoms of depression, talk with your doctor.

Depression may be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed in some older adults because sadness is not their main symptom. They may have other, less-obvious symptoms of depression or they may not be willing to talk about their feelings. It is important to know the signs and seek help if you are concerned.

If you have been experiencing several of the following symptoms for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression:

Source: National Institutes of Health

March 24, 2018

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