Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
News » Depression common in elderly

Depression common in elderly

Depression is a common, but not a normal response to advancing age. End of life issues and loss of independence due to frailty and declining health bring about mental illness all too commonly in the elderly population. Depression is the most prevalent mental illness. Depressed people lose motivation to eat, sleep, participate in everyday activities, or care for themselves. Other common forms of mental illness in the elderly include anxiety and memory loss. Mental illness is usually focused through a physical complaint, which distracts both the patient and the doctor from the true cause. Without identification of the mental illness and adequate treatment, a large number of the elderly commit suicide. The lack of appropriately trained physicians in the area of geriatrics contributes to this inadequacy. The elderly respond just as well as younger patients to treatment for their mental illness in the form of medication and therapy, but are less likely to receive it. New services designed towards provisions for mental illness in the elderly and education for doctors and carers of the elderly are being implemented to improve the care of the aging population.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Morning Call

Related Disease Topics:

Related Symptom Topics:

Article Source Details

About: Depression common in elderly

Date: 22 May 2005

Source: The Morning Call

Author: Kelly O'Shea Carney


Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

More News Topics

  • New website offers information that should raise competitiveness of drugs
  • Newborn accidentally given methadone milk
  • Newborn dies when 100 times normal dose of morphine injected
  • Newborn screening expanded in Australia
  • Newborn size determined by level of sugar control in diabetic mothers
  • Niacin increases HDL levels thus reducing heart disease risk
  • NIAID talks down concerns over HIV/AIDS drug
  • Nicotine levels in suicide victims higher than average
  • Nicotine levels in suicide victims higher than average on autopsy
  • Niemann Pick Disease
  • Night-time splinting effective symptom relief for carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers
  • No consensus reached on how often women should have breast cancer screening done

    By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

    Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise