Updated 08 July 2016

Depression in the elderly

Depression in the aged is common and is often unrecognised as such.

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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Michael Simpson has been a senior psychiatric academic, researcher, and Professor in several countries, having worked at London University in the UK; McMaster University in Canada; Temple University in Philadelphia, USA.; and the University of Natal in South Africa.

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