Weigh Antidepressant Options for Older Patients

Depression in adults age 60 and older is often underrecognized and undertreated...and may be mislabeled as aging, grief, dementia, etc.

Suggest psychotherapy first if practical for milder depression...and encourage simple steps such as socialization and exercise.

If an antidepressant is needed, tailor your choice based on comorbidities, side effects, interactions, and the Beers Criteria of high-risk meds in the elderly.

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