She cited psychiatrists who explained that major depression affects only about 2% of those aged 65 or older, though minor depressions are more common, afflicting about 25% of older people. Other experts described factors that impact risk for late-life depression, including the role that medical conditions can play, and warning signs in elderly friends or relatives that might signal the presence of depression and the need for medical intervention. "The good news," Butler emphasized, "is that there is a range of highly effective pharmaceutical and psychotherapy options for dealing with depression at any age."
To read about depression and other mental health issues in the elderly, see Psychiatric News here and here. For much more on mental illness in the elderly see the new book Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry, Second Edition, from American Psychiatric Publishing.
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