Why is depression affecting older adults?

For people who experience depression for the first time later in life, changes in the brain or other functions in the body may be the cause. Scientists are currently examining the link between restricted blood flow (ischemia) and a type of late-life depression called “vascular depression”. 

In addition, other forms of physical illnesses and the inconvenience that accompany them can increase the risk of depression. 

Psychosocial factors, such as social isolation and loneliness, contribute to depression in older adults. The death of friends, family members and pets poses a higher risk of depression.

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What is treatment-resistant depression?

Treatment-resistant depression occurs when a patient has undergone one or several evidence-based treatments for depression (such as taking antidepressant medication) without result. You