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Depression in the elderly is common. Many times, elderly depression is confused with other medical conditions. Changes in life that occur in the elderly -- loss of loved ones, retirement, and more -- can cause depression. Because fewer people are around, there is less chance of noticing the depression. Elderly depression increases the risk of other health problems such as insomnia or heart problems. Therapy and medications can help treat depression in older adults. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how depression in the elderly is caused, how to treat it, and much more.

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A typical homicide-suicide case involves a depressed, controlling husband who shoots his ill wife, according to Donna Cohen, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of South Florida's department of aging and mental health.

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