Definition of Depression – elderly
Depression is a medical illness in which a person has persistent feelings of ,often with and a lack of self-worth.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
See: for more information about the causes of depression.
Many of the usual symptoms of depression may be present in the elderly. See: for more details.
Signs and tests
A discussion of your symptoms, physical exam, and blood and urine tests will help determine if a physical illness is causing the depression.
See: for more information about medications and other therapies used to treat depression.
Depression usually responds to treatment. If it is not detected, depression can lead to complications. The outcome is usually better for people who have access to social services, family, and friends who can help them stay active and engaged.
David B. Merrill, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia Unviersity Medical Center, New York, NY. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 8/15/2010