Depression in the Elderly
What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?
Some symptoms are common in people of all ages with depression. These symptoms include:
difficulty paying attention or making decisions
feeling very sensitive emotionally
feelings of irritability
feelings of sadness, despair, and emptiness
inability to feel pleasure
loss of motivation and withdrawal from others
thoughts about suicide and death
Seniors who are depressed may avoid family and friends. They may also show signs of confusion.