Posted September 14, 2018 06:47:52It seems as if everyone is talking about depression.
A new study from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is finding that depression is increasingly prevalent and more prevalent in older adults.
The study found that a staggering 85% of older adults have experienced some form of depression in the past year.
“The numbers are staggering.
The prevalence is up.
And it’s happening across a wide range of demographics, not just older adults,” said Dr. John Cacioppo, lead author and an associate professor of psychiatry at Columbia University.
Dr. Caciopta says that depression affects almost every aspect of our lives, and many older adults are particularly vulnerable.
“We’ve been telling people to get a good sleep, get plenty of exercise, get regular exercise.
We’ve been encouraging them to take antidepressants and things like that.
But what people have been asking for is for the message to be clear and simple and not to just talk about it,” he said.
The study found nearly 50% of adults over the age of 65 had experienced depression in their lifetimes.
And for women over the same age, the prevalence was nearly 60%.
“We see more women than men with depression and more women who have depression in middle age, and it’s much more common in women than in men,” said study co-author Dr. Elizabeth Barrow, director of the Division of Psychiatry at Columbia.
“It’s a serious illness, but it’s also a way to be active in our communities and in our lives.
It can lead to all sorts of social ills, like depression,” Dr. Barrow said.
One of the ways depression affects older adults is that the depression can be very difficult to treat, and can last for years.
The researchers say that for older adults who are depressed, treatment can help them get over the loss of a sense of belonging and a sense that they are not part of the community.
For people who do not have depression, treatment of depression can often help them regain some of their lost sense of identity and meaning.
“Our findings also point to a need to expand our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the emotional contagion,” Dr Caciozzo said.
Dr Cacioppa and his colleagues say that people who experience depression should be careful to ask themselves, “How much of my life is affected by my depression?” and to seek professional help.
They also suggest that people should seek mental health care as soon as they notice that their symptoms are worsening.
“People are experiencing symptoms that are related to a chronic illness.
People should ask themselves: Is this the illness that I’m suffering from?
Do I have an underlying cause?”
Dr Caffia said.
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