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Elderly depression needs to be prioritised

A study on depression in 1,800 adults over 60 who had chronic illness and depression found that treatment was very beneficial to quality of life. The severity of depression was linked to the quality of life, physical and mental functioning and level of disability. Thus treating depression helped improve all of these factors despite the fact that the patient was old and had chronic illnesses such as heart disease, chronic pain, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. The trend to prioritize treatment of other chronic illnesses over depression needs to be reversed as treating depression may help them deal with their other illnesses better.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by WebMD Medical News

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About: Elderly depression needs to be prioritised

Date: 2 December 2004

Source: WebMD Medical News

Author: Miranda Hitti

URL: http://my.webmd.com/content/article/97/104330.htm

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