What to do if your loved one is depressed

Submitted on Wednesday March 27th, 2013
hospice winston-salem

Depression in older adults is very common. It is also very treatable. If you suspect depression, the first step is to have your relative talk with a medical professional. He or she can check for other health conditions. You want to get an exact diagnosis.

Studies show that 60% to 80% of older adults who receive appropriate treatment for depression do feel better.

Antidepressant medication is the most common approach. Things to know about antidepressants:

  • Your relative's primary care doctor can write the prescription.
  • Costs are typically covered by insurance.
  • Today's antidepressants have fewer side effects than in years past.
  • It may take 4 to 6 weeks before your loved one feels the full effect.
  • Your relative may need to try a few different medications before finding the one that works best.

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