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What are the symptoms of depression in older adults?

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When you’re older, you may not have the sad or empty feeling that’s common with it. Instead, you may:

  • Feel tired
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Be grumpy or irritable
  • Feel confused
  • Struggle to pay attention
  • Not enjoy activities you used to
  • Move more slowly
  • Have a change in weight or appetite
  • Feel hopeless, worthless, or guilty
  • Endure aches and pains
  • Have suicidal thoughts

From: Depression in Older Adults WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Depression in Older Adults,” “Types of Antidepressants.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Older Adults and Depression.”

CDC: “Mental Health and Aging.”

Mental Health America: “Depression In Older Adults: More Facts.”

National Institute on Aging: “Depression and Older Adults.”

Health In Aging: “Depression.”

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: "Depression in adults: recognition and management."

Mayo Clinic: "Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)."

Grand Valley State University: "Depression in the Elderly: Risk Factors and Treatment."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on October 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Depression in Older Adults,” “Types of Antidepressants.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Older Adults and Depression.”

CDC: “Mental Health and Aging.”

Mental Health America: “Depression In Older Adults: More Facts.”

National Institute on Aging: “Depression and Older Adults.”

Health In Aging: “Depression.”

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: "Depression in adults: recognition and management."

Mayo Clinic: "Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)."

Grand Valley State University: "Depression in the Elderly: Risk Factors and Treatment."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on October 25, 2019

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