Risk Factors and Symptoms of Elderly Depression

February 7th, 2008

Individuals aged 65 or older have many risk factors for depression including being female, being unmarried or widowed, having at least one recent life event stress in their life, and also the lack of an adequate social and supportive network in place. The symptoms of depression for the elderly are pretty much the same as those for younger individuals with a few exceptions.

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Psychotic Depression – Part of the Elderly Depression Spectrum?

February 7th, 2008

Perhaps the most surprising aspect many an elderly individual and also their caregivers experience when faced with depression is the fact that psychotic depression is indeed part of the elderly depression spectrum. Although extremely rare in diagnosis, in retrospect many an elderly individual’s suicide is linked back to an episode worthy of being classified as severe psychosis.

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