Every health care provider and mental health professional will encounter clients struggling with depression, yet many of these professionals don’t receive a thorough grounding on theory, research, and clinical guidelines regarding depression, and those who do sometimes have trouble keeping abreast of the literature (a literature that includes over 60,000 empirical publications since 1980!). This book provides a handy reference for such practitioners. This brief, practical guide provides an introduction or refresher on depression that is research-based yet accessible, practical, and easy to read and consult. 

Depression in Older Adults

Depression in older adults


We begin this chapter with a case study. We review the symptoms, prevalence, and assessment of depression in older adults. Then we provide an overview of pharmacological, psychological, and complementary treatment approaches. We follow this with a discussion of four topics that are particularly relevant to depression in older adults: religious beliefs and response to treatment, the association of chronic health problems and depression, social isolation, and nursing homes. We conclude with clinical guidelines, a chapter summary, and some suggested readings.

Case Study

Juan is 75 years old. His wife, Mary, died a year ago. Juan is recovering from prostate cancer and he is apparently depressed. The following discussion is between Juan and his home health care nurse, Bonnie.

Juan: I'm ...

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