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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Depression Is Not a Normal Part of Aging

Caregivers can be alert for signs of depression in the elderly, and the website at explains that depression is not normal at any age. Sometimes people think depression is part of the aging process. Understanding causes and treatments shows that the elderly have options for treatment of depression.

The symptoms of depression in the elderly, related medical illnesses, psychotherapy, and medication are explained.

The website explains that signs of depression might be mistaken for other medical conditions. For instance, depression can include loss of interest, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.

An evaluation with a healthcare professional is needed when signs of depression are present in the elderly.

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