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Running head: DEPRESSION IN THE ELDERLY 1 Rasmussen College DEP 2004: Human Growth and Development Depression in the elderly Clinical depression in the elderly is sad to witness but unfortunately, it’s a common occurrence. Depression affects about 6 million Americans ages 65 and older, but only 10%
DEPRESSION IN THE ELDERLY 2 receive treatment for depression (WebMD, 2018). The elderly can express their depression in two different ways, either through physical symptoms or psychological symptoms. According to Erickson’s last stage of phycological development, integrity vs despair, people age 65and older go through despair when they feel anger, regret and feeling like they failed at life. These feeling can often lead to depressed. Depression in the elderly is also frequently confused with the effects of multiple illnesses and the medicines used to treat them. Recognizing the symptoms of depression in the elderly is important because it is the first step in treating the illness. “If the depression goes untreated, it may get worse and last for months, even years. It can cause pain and possibly lead to suicide, as it does for about 1 of every 10 people with depression” (WebMD, 2018) Most people feel sad, lonely, or depressed at times. It's a normal reaction to loss, life's struggles, low self-esteem, or illness. When these feelings

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