Second-generation antidepressants (SSRIs, SNRIs or NDRIs) are recommended for older adults due to the reduced risk of side effects and safety in the event of overdose. If considering medication for older adults with depression, the panel recommends combining it with interpersonal psychotherapy.
Depression, especially in middle-aged or older adults, can co-occur with other serious medical illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Depression can make these conditions worse and vice versa. Sometimes medications taken for these physical illnesses may cause side effects that contribute to depression.
A person with depression cannot simply “snap out of it”—it is a medical condition that affects your quality of life. Depression can also lead to suicide, particularly if left untreated, and you are more likely to develop a physical illness if you have depression. The good news is that, in most cases, depression is treatable in older adults.
Depression Treatments for Adults. for the treatment of depression in adults. The information below about the recommended interventions is intended to provide clinicians with a basic understanding of the specific treatment approach. Clinicians are encouraged to become familiar with each of the different interventions to determine which of.