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Suicidal ideation or thoughts of death 10.  History of depressive systems and treatment 11.  Cognitive function changes 12.  Recent onset or worsening of medical conditions Seniors often exhibit different symptoms when experiencing depression and should be carefully monitored for changes in their usual habits which can signal depression. Monitoring should occur: •  At admission •  At re-admission •  At each MDS assessment •  With each change in condition Barriers to Prevention/Treatment The following are common barriers to adequate recognition and/or treatment of depression in the geriatric population: •  Social stigma associated with mental illness prevents acknowledging depression and seeking treatment •   Family members available as support to resident may be limited or unavailable •   Clinician, resident and family mistakenly believe that depression is a natural consequence of old age •   Confusion of symptoms with co-morbid physical conditions or medications used
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  • Spring '14
  • AnnMarieWhitlatch
  • Psychiatry, Major depressive disorder

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