Summary of Why Depression Goes Unnoticed in Older Adults

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This video discusses the signs and symptoms of depression in older adults, as well as the different classes of antidepressant medications and their side effects. It advises family and friends of elderly loved ones to be proactive in getting them help, and provides resources for viewers who may be struggling with depression themselves.

  • 00:00:00 Depression is often mistaken as a normal sign of aging, but that is not the case. Older adults often have less social interaction and apathy, which can make it difficult to be diagnosed and treated. Dr. Dominic Sportelli from the Med Circle series "Geriatric Depression Overcoming It and Aging Gracefully" discusses the symptoms and treatments for depression in the elderly. He advises that family and friends be proactive in getting elderly loved ones help, and that screening tools and actionable steps be taken to help those who are suffering.
  • 00:05:00 This video discusses the different classes of antidepressant medications and their effects on depression. It also discusses the side effects of these medications and how to best treat a depressive patient. The video concludes with Kyle Kittleson, a mental health professional, reminding the viewer that they have access to other resources to help them on their mental health journey.

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