Suicide

Depression, one of the conditions most commonly associated with suicide in older adults, is a widely under-recognized and undertreated medical illness. Studies show that many older adults who die by suicide — up to 75 percent — visited a physician within a month before death. These findings point to the urgency of improving detection and treatment of depression to reduce suicide risk among older adults.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

If you answered yes to any of these question you may want to ask your physician about treatment for depression. Antidepressant medications or psychotherapy, or a combination of the two, can be effective treatments for late-life depression.

 

Source: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.