The Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression In Older Adults Depression has reached epidemic proportions in this country, with “ten percent of the population of the United States suffer[ ing ] from depression and/ or related affective disorders in any given year” ( Ruppel et al., 2010, p. 31). The elderly represent a large portion of this depressed cohort, and have astronomically high rates of suicide: 18% of all suicides in the United States are over age 65 ( Ruppel et al., 2010, p. 32.) I would like to discuss several barriers to the diagnosis and treatment of the elderly population. First, the elderly are underdiagnosed for depression due to stereotypes and lack of appropriate screening. Second, those who are admitted to institutions run a...The end:
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