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Approximately twenty four percent of people that are

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approximately twenty-four percent of people that are older than fifty- five who are diagnosed with depression every year. There is approximately two percent of adults over the age of fifty- five that are diagnosed with major depression. When an older adult is diagnosed with depression they experience the same symptoms as younger people who are diagnosed. Although older adults more commonly have a coexisting medical disorder or some type of other impairment. Depression often goes unnoticed in older adults, and unfortunately, this circumstance the person cannot be adequately treated for it (Kok &Reynolds, 2017). Because older adults have significant problems with somatic disorders, and mental illness then a younger adult, antidepressants may not be as effective. Management of any antidepressants may become complicated because of the possibility of the drug to drug interactions. The indication is that older adults with mild to moderate depression be treated without medications and use methods such as psychotherapy. Adults with more severe
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RESEARCH FOR EVIDENCE 3 depression should have a combination of medical support and therapy. Patients who have a long history of depression should maintain medication therapy for at least two years. Antidepressants are the best-studied treatment option in older adults, there is the potential for adverse effects. High-quality evidence does not support the use of medication treatment in patients with dementia.
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