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What conditions are linked with depression in older adults?

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It’s common for depression to come with other health issues that often crop up after 65, like:

Sometimes it can be the medication for the conditions that’s to blame for depression symptoms. Getting your depression under control often improves other medical issues and your overall health.

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis

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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