Depression and the elderly

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I am 75 years old and in fairly good health. I also have pretty much everything I always wanted: nice house, enough money, and pets. However, I am feeling very depressed. Is this just an old age thing?

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    I don't really know but I am just nearing 60 and things are hard.  I have lost my closest friends - they died.  I have no social life, I work in a job I hate.  I can't manage the mortgage.  The only friend I have is battling his 3rd cancer.

    It's much harder when you are older to connect with people especially when you have no family

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    Hi Ellen. I dont think its just an old age thing. I am in my fifties, so I'm not an expert! - but I have read quite alot that surveys show that older people seem to be happier in general than younger ones, unless they are lonely - which can be a real problem.

    Depression can be treated at any age, and there is no reason why yours cant be. You could ask your'e doctor about it - maybe a course of antidepressants would help.

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      Well Magnus, I have caught one for the first time! These discussion forums are for allowing people to make up their own minds up. Not to have someone dictating that they keep away from anti-depressants. If it was not for anti-depressants there would be more people taking their own lives.

      You talk about surveys but did you know that in the older population there are more people per population taking their own life. It is purely up to the patient with the problem and their GP/Psychiatrist to discuss the best course of action to take.

      If you are so anti antidepressants then I politely suggest that you go and start your own website about telling people with severe problems not to take ANTI-DEPRESSANTS. Regards Peter 

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    I don't think you could say it is about your age ellen, depression can be felt at any age and in any circumstances, whether well off or married, single or in employment.

    It takes no prisoners and can happen to us all, when we least expect it.

    ​I think another thing to keep in mind is that it can tend to happen when everything around us seems okay, settled, even good; and that is why depression is so hard to live with and to endure as part of your daily life, because it seems so incongruous to how you life on the surface may appear.

    ​I hope this helps xx Karen

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      I am glad if what I said helps,I know how confusing and frustrating this illness can be, and how alone it is easy to feel, and as though nobody really comprehends what you are going through; but I do know and can speak from experience, tough as it can be to live with.

      I do hope you have someone you can trust to talk this through with face to face, if not just keep in touch, I will be here when I can.

      Take care Ellen, much love Karen xx

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