Allan CE, Valkanova V, Ebmeier KP. Depression in older people is underdiagnosed. Practitioner 2014; 258 (1771):19-22

Depression in older people is underdiagnosed

22 May 2014Registered users

Depression is more common in old age than dementia yet is underdiagnosed and undertreated. It is important to recognise that patients may not always present in a typical way, features that may indicate depression include anxiety, a preoccupation with somatic symptoms, and a change in function. The presence of understandable triggers and causes should not deter GPs from offering treatment, as long as symptoms are pervasive and continuously persist beyond two weeks.

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