Depression in Elderly

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Elderly people are at a risk of depression because of their social, economic and medical circumstances. With increasing age, levels of certain enzymes (such as mono amine oxidase) in the brain increase which makes depression more likely. It may occur with a medical or neurological brain disease which has symptoms similar to depression. This overlapping in symptoms may delay diagnosis and hence treatment.

Elderly people often feel uncomfortable discussing their feelings and instead complain of physical symptoms like disturbed bladder and bowel movements, aches and pains, memory loss and disturbed eating and sleeping patterns which are often misinterpreted as signs of dementia.