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What are hurdles that keep depression treatment from working for the elderly?

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The stigma attached to mental illness and psychiatric treatment is even more powerful among the elderly than among younger people. This stigma can keep elderly people from acknowledging that they are depressed, even to themselves. Elderly people and their families sometimes also may wrongly misidentify depression symptoms as "normal" reactions to life stresses, losses, or the aging process.

From: Depression In the Elderly WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Depression?"

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

MedlinePlus: "Depression - Elderly."

MedlinePlus: "Insomnia prolongs depression in the elderly."

SAMHSA: "Depression among adults."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Older Adults: Depression and Suicide Facts."

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

Tedeschini, E . , December 2011. J Clin Psychiatry

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Depression?"

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

MedlinePlus: "Depression - Elderly."

MedlinePlus: "Insomnia prolongs depression in the elderly."

SAMHSA: "Depression among adults."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Older Adults: Depression and Suicide Facts."

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

Tedeschini, E . , December 2011. J Clin Psychiatry

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

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