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At what age can depression strike?

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Depression can strike at any age, including in childhood. But most people first have depression in their early 30s, and depression is particularly rife among older adults. Depression is not simply a normal reaction to the challenges of growing older, such as the death of a spouse or friends and the physical limitations of age, but is a medical condition without a known cause.

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American Psychiatric Association: .  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Shelton C. , 2004.  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Hu, Z. 2005.  Drugs,

Szegedi, A. March 5, 2005.  British Medical Journal,

National Institute of Mental Health.

The Journal of the American Medical Association . “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

World Health Organization: "Depression - Key Facts."

National Alliance on Mental Health: "Mental Health By the Numbers."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Major Depression."

CDC: "Children's Mental Health."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 06, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: .  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Shelton C. , 2004.  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Hu, Z. 2005.  Drugs,

Szegedi, A. March 5, 2005.  British Medical Journal,

National Institute of Mental Health.

The Journal of the American Medical Association . “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

World Health Organization: "Depression - Key Facts."

National Alliance on Mental Health: "Mental Health By the Numbers."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Major Depression."

CDC: "Children's Mental Health."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 06, 2019

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