Depression is not part of normal aging and is one of the most common, treatable problems in older adults.  Depression in older adults is under-recognized and undertreated.  It may impair independence and make health problems worse.  The symptoms of depression include: Depressed mood most of the time Loss of interest or pleasure Disturbed sleep (too much or too little) Weight loss or gain Fatigue or loss of energy Feelings of worthlessness or guilt Difficulty in concentration Difficulty in decision making Restlessness or agitation Frequent thoughts of death or suicide There are three basic types of depression.  Major depressive disorder is characterized by having 5 or more of the above symptoms nearly all the time for at least two weeks.  Often those with major depression feel hopeless, anxious, worry, and loss of pleasure.  Minor depression is characterized by having 2-4 of […]