Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Depression in old age--Diagnosis; Depression in old age--Treatment;
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
Master of Arts
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
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©2004 Kristin A. Schloemer
Schloemer, Kristin A., "Difficulties in recognizing and treating depression in the elderly : implications for counselors" (2004). Graduate Research Papers. 1466.