Explain Why Some Seniors Will Get a Stimulant Along with Their Antidepressant

Recent evidence will raise more interest in combining methylphenidate with antidepressants for depression in seniors.

Stimulants are sometimes used for hospitalized seniors with symptoms of apathy, low energy, social withdrawal, etc.

The idea is that stimulants act within a few days and may improve mood before the antidepressant kicks in...so patients "perk up" and can take care of daily tasks such as eating, dressing, etc.

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