Aging makes people more vulnerable to depression, but the problem can be treated

Aging seems to make us more vulnerable to depression, but it’s not a foregone conclusion. “Even though so many things happen as we get older — lots of losses and physical changes — most people weather those by adapting, and adapting without becoming depressed,” says Susan Lehmann, director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Day Hospital at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. There’s a difference, she adds, between feeling profoundly lonely or blue and true clinical depression, which is a mood state involving physical and behavioral manifestations that does not shift easily.

“Aging makes people more vulnerable to depression, but the problem can be treated” By: Carolyn Butler
Washington Post
April 9th, 2012

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