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Depression in old age--Diagnosis; Depression in old age--Treatment;

Abstract

Diagnosing elderly depression is a difficult, overlooked process. Many elderly seek out family physicians, but few visit mental healthcare professionals (Lyness et al., 1997; Sable & Dunn, 2002). When assessing elderly depression, it is important for counselors to be aware of symptoms, ensuring correct treatment.

According to Friedrich ( 1999), it is difficult for healthcare professionals, including counselors, to diagnose depression in the elderly. As elderly may not display traditional depressive symptoms, it is necessary to distinguish between depression, bereavement, and illness, all common in late life. Once depression has been diagnosed, treatments including: medication, psychotherapy, or perhaps the most beneficial combination of the two is available (Seligman, 1990). Counselors must be aware of elderly depression and the many treatments available.

Year of Submission

2004

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Duane Halbur

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Date Original

2004

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1 PDF file (27 pages)

Language

EN

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application/pdf

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