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85 year old suffering from depression. Need help

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Age 85,still fit. Having depression. No transportation. Not enough to do all day.
Posted Sun, 7 Apr 2013 in Mental Health
Answered by Dr. Sundar Gnanavel 12 minutes later
Thanks for your query. As you rightly mentioned lack of social interaction and decreased activity levels could be pointers towards depression. The comorbid physical diseases like tuberculosis, cancer and auto-immune diseases all can contribute to depression. The treatment would include use of antidepressants like citalopram in your case as well as psychotherapy including CBT/Cognitive behavioural therapy. We have a wide variety of antidepressants including SSRI/SNRI/TCA classes of antidepressants. Generally antidepressants require 6-8 weeks for onset of action. Yoga, meditation and breathing relaxation exercises might offer benefit. Hope you found the information useful.
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