Can old people have depression? How can we recognize it??

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Last Updated: 22/07/2020 at 11:35AM

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Jul 22nd, 2020 11:35AM

Aditi Ganguly

Thank you for connecting to Rich Psych. Depression at old age is very common. It could be due to health condition, situation at home, loss of spouse, separation from relatives and friends, for not being engaged in any activity. If anyone is feeling depressed, one has to look for precipitating factors of depression then can look for the solution. If needed can reach out for counselling.
Jul 21st, 2020 01:08PM

Glenn Cajetan Nunes

Yes, old people can have depression. The symptoms may be difficult to recognize. Some of which could be – change in behaviour, change in sleep patterns, irritability, being extra talkative, silent & aloof, etc. Rather than trying to diagnosing it by yourself - better speak to counsellor and discuss the issue.