feels blue now and then. It's part of life. But, if you no longer enjoy
activities that you usually like, you may have a more serious problem.
Being depressed, without letup, can change the way you think and feel.
Doctors call this "clinical depression."
Being "down in the dumps"
over a period of time is not a normal part of getting older. But, it is
a common problem, and medical help may be needed. For most people,
depression will get better with treatment. "Talk therapy,” medicine, or
other treatment methods can ease the pain of depression. You do not need
are many reasons why depression in older people is often missed or
untreated. As a person ages, the signs of depression are much more
varied than at younger ages. It can appear as increased tiredness, or it
can be seen as grumpiness or irritability. Confusion or attention
problems caused by depression can sometimes look like Alzheimer's
disease or other brain disorders. Mood changes and signs of depression
can be caused by medicines older people may take for arthritis, high
blood pressure, or heart disease. The good news is that people who are
depressed usually feel better with the right treatment.