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Indicator Short Name: Lifetime diagnosis of depression
Indicator Long Name: Percentage of older adults with a lifetime diagnosis of depression
Depression is more than just a passing mood. Rather, it is a condition in which one may experience persistent sadness, withdrawal from previously-enjoyed activities, difficulty sleeping, physical discomforts, and feeling “slowed down.”1
Risk factors for late-onset depression included widowhood, physical illness, low educational attainment (less than high school), impaired functional status, and heavy alcohol consumption.2
Depression is one of the most successfully treated illnesses. There are highly effective treatments for depression in late life, and most depressed older adults can improve dramatically from treatment.1
Has a doctor or other health care provider EVER told you that you have a depressive disorder (including depression, major depression, dysthymia, or minor depression)?
c. DK/not sure
1. Geriatric Mental Health Foundation. Depression in Late Life: Not a Natural Part of Aging. 2008. http://www.gmhfonline.org/ Accessed November 4, 2015.
2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health. 1999.