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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Myth: Depression is a Normal Part of Aging

This myth about depression in old age is one of many. If you know another myth about aging please tell me in a comment.
When people get older a lot can happen, you can loose your spouse, have to take medication for all kinds of ilnesses, you loose friends etc. Feeling blue is a normal part of life at any age. When this turns into depression it is something completely different. Depression increases the risk of suicide, it is not self limiting, and can be treated. The best advice is to consult your family doctor and visit the website from with some more information.

Myth: Treating a depressed elderly won't work. Fact: Antidepressants, ECT, and cognitive therapy are all effective in the elderly

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