What are age differences in the incidence of clinically significant depressive symptoms?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Although rates of depression in women and men are highest in those aged 25-44 years, the incidence of clinically significant depressive symptoms increases with advancing age, especially when associated with medical illness or institutionalization. However, the depression might not meet criteria for major depression because of somewhat atypical features of depression in elderly persons. For instance, there is a higher prevalence of dysthymic disorder in aging and medically ill populations.


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