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4 Facts About Late Life Depression

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Late life depression refers to a major depressive episode occurring for the first time in an older person.

A major depressive episode is a period characterized by the symptoms of major depressive disorder.

Treatment of Depression in Older Adults | Evidence-Based Practices by SAMHSA

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Concurrent medical problems and lower functional expectations of elderly patients often obscure the degree of impairment.

Depression in old age by Bupa Health UK

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Typically, elderly patients with depression do not report depressed mood, but instead present with less specific symptoms such as insomnia, anorexia, and fatigue.

Insomnia, also known as sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder where people have trouble sleeping.

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Elderly persons sometimes dismiss less severe depression as an acceptable response to life stress or a normal part of aging.

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