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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.
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About: Elderly depression needs to be prioritised
Date: 2 December 2004
Source: WebMD Medical News
Author: Miranda Hitti
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