Depression in Elderly Directory
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.
Depression in the Elderly
Depression is common in elderly adults, but it isn't normal. WebMD explains the signs of depression in your aging loved one and different treatment options.
Depression in Special Situations
The nature of depression can vary from situation to situation. Signs, symptoms, even the way it's treated may depend on your sex, age, or other variables.
Depression in Older Adults
The over-65 set sees a unique set of depression symptoms. Could you recognize them and get the treatment you need?
Murder-suicides in Elderly Rise
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.
Elderly Depression Often Unnoticed
Depression is as common in the elderly as it is in younger people, but the cure can often be very different.
Leading Causes of Disability
Conditions such as arthritis, back pain, heart disease, cancer, depression, diabetes, and even pregnancy are among the leading causes of disability in the U.S – not catastrophic events like car crashes. Here's how to protect yourself against medical expenses and other costs.
5 Alzheimer’s Disease Myths: Risk Factors, Memory Loss, Prevention, and More
WebMD discusses common myths believed about Alzheimer’s disease and provides the truth about genetics, memory loss, dementia, and more.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Sneaky Depression Triggers as You Age
From too little vitamin B12 to too much time alone, a look at surprising causes of depression in midlife and beyond -- and how to beat it.
Slideshow: The Truth About Antidepressants
Are you unhappy with your antidepressant? WebMD offers information about types of antidepressants, their effectiveness, and their side effects.
Slideshow: Surprising Signs of Depression
Worried you may be depressed or that a loved one needs help? See some signs of depression beyond sadness and trouble sleeping -- and when to seek help.
Slideshow: Finding Support When You Have Treatment-Resistant Depression
When you're being treated for depression, it's especially important to have personal and emotional support. Here are eight types of support that may help you during treatment.