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30 September 2004

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.

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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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