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Chloe Reffit Human Growth & Development Depression in the Elderly Elderly depression is something that usually goes undiagnosed. This is because people think it is a normal part of aging. It is not. While it is a normal part of life, it is not a normal part of getting old. It is something that should not go untreated, or there could be some major repercussions. There are many signs and symptoms of clinical depression, with sadness being one of them. Everyone is different, so everyone will experience depression differently, but there are some common symptoms you can look out for. Besides feelings of sadness, the person can also experience feeling very tired, hopeless, irritable, anxious, or guilty. They can lose interest in their favorite activities; have trouble concentrating, and either losing sleep or oversleeping. Sadness is short term, as in a few hours to a few days, where depression is long term, as in weeks. There are also three different forms of depression: major depression, dysthymia, and minor depression. With major depression, the symptoms are
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  • Fall '19
  • Psychology, Major depressive disorder, dysthymia

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