Depression in the elderly

Depression in the aged is common and is often unrecognised as such. As they tend to present more commonly with physical complaints, general practitioners may miss a diagnosis of depression.

There also tends to be an element of ageism with loneliness and concerns regarding ill health being regarded as a normal part of ageing. It has been estimated that as many as 25-50% of those over age 65 may have some symptoms of depression.

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