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Don’t ignore depression – Harvard Health


Depression among older adults is more common than ever. And the most significant threat is that many don’t seek help.

Depression may be more common as people age, but perhaps the biggest threat to older adults’ mental health is that many of them fail to recognize its symptoms and seriousness.

A 2020 poll conducted by GeneSight Mental Health Monitor found that 61% of people ages 65 and older who worry they may have depression don’t seek treatment. About one-third believe they can “snap out of it” on their own.

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