Of 488 elderly patients, three-fifth had first depression episode, shows study

  • | Monday | 1st April, 2019

More than two-third of the sample had all the symptoms of anxiety.Depression in the elderly is associated with higher rates of difficulties with activities of daily living. There were fewer patients from other centres — Kolkata (18%), Mumbai (5.5%), Lucknow (5.3%) and Srinagar (4.3%).The study revealed that one-third of the participants had a history of substance dependence syndrome, with significant difference between the two genders, with substance dependence being double in males, when compared to females. The patients were above 60 years of age. “Unfortunately, depression in the elderly is often underdiagnosed and is considered a part of ageing,” said Prof Sandeep Grover, corresponding author and psychiatrist at PGI, Chandigarh.The highest number of patients were from Ahmedabad centre (25.4%), followed by Chandigarh (23.6%) and Jodhpur (17.4%). About two-third of the elderly had symptoms of feeling helpless (71.7%), often getting restless and fidgety (70.1%), dropped many of their activities (68.4%), frequently feel like crying (67.4%), trouble concentrating (67%), feel pretty worthless (66.4%), frequently getting upset over little things (64.8%), and not satisfied with life (62.9%).

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