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Undiagnosed Depression

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Depression: NIMH (Excerpt)

Most people with a depressive illness do not seek treatment, although the great majority-even those whose depression is extremely severe-can be helped. Thanks to years of fruitful research, there are now medications and psychosocial therapies such as cognitive/behavioral, "talk," or interpersonal that ease the pain of depression. (Source: excerpt from Depression: NIMH)

Depression: NIMH (Excerpt)

Some people have the mistaken idea that it is normal for the elderly to feel depressed. On the contrary, most older people feel satisfied with their lives. Sometimes, though, when depression develops, it may be dismissed as a normal part of aging. Depression in the elderly, undiagnosed and untreated, causes needless suffering for the family and for the individual who could otherwise live a fruitful life. When he or she does go to the doctor, the symptoms described are usually physical, for the older person is often reluctant to discuss feelings of hopelessness, sadness, loss of interest in normally pleasurable activities, or extremely prolonged grief after a loss. (Source: excerpt from Depression: NIMH)

Older Adults Depression and Suicide Facts: NIMH (Excerpt)

Depression often co-occurs with other medical illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.6 Because many older adults face such physical illnesses as well as various social and economic difficulties, individual health care professionals often mistakenly conclude that depression is a normal consequence of these problems—an attitude often shared by patients themselves.7 These factors conspire to make the illness underdiagnosed and undertreated. (Source: excerpt from Older Adults Depression and Suicide Facts: NIMH)

Depression A Serious but Treatable Illness -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

There are many reasons why depression in older people is often missed or untreated. As a person ages, the signs of depression are much more likely to be dismissed as crankiness or grumpiness. Depression can also be tricky to recognize. Confusion or attention problems caused by depression can sometimes look like Alzheimer's disease or other brain disorders. Mood changes and signs of depression can be caused by medicines older people may take for high blood pressure or heart disease. Depression can happen at the same time as other chronic diseases. It can be hard for a doctor to diagnose depression, but the good news is that people who are depressed can get better with the right treatment. (Source: excerpt from Depression A Serious but Treatable Illness -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Depression A Serious but Treatable Illness -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

Be aware that some family doctors may not understand about aging and depression. They may not be interested in these complaints. Or, they may not know what to do. If your doctor is unable or unwilling to take seriously your concerns about depression, you may want to consult another health care provider who can help. (Source: excerpt from Depression A Serious but Treatable Illness -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Undiagnosed Causes of Depression

As part of Depression diagnosis, consider whether any of these underlying medical Depression causes may have been overlooked:

  • Depression may be directly related to a significant event in our lives such as losing a loved one, experiencing trauma, or battling a chronic illness. Other caused may involve:
  • Pre-menstrual and postnatal hormone changes
  • Hormone deficiencies
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug dependency
  • More hidden causes »

Undiagnosed Complications of Depression

As part of Depression diagnosis, consider whether any of these Depression complications may have been overlooked:

Undiagnosed Diseases

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About undiagnosed conditions:

One possible misdiagnosis is the failure to correctly diagnose Depression leading to a person remaining with undiagnosed Depression. Any condition can potentially be missed and stay undiagnosed. For a general overview of diseases that are often undiagnosed, see Failure to Diagnose or Under-Diagnosed Diseases.


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