This website provides information on antidepressant medication prescribing practices, side effects, and related information that may be useful for individuals who are aging.
People with depressive illnesses may not all experience the same symptoms, but symptoms of depression include:
This information was adapted from the County of Los Angeles Public Health and the National Institute of Health Publication 08-3561.
Depression clinical practice guidelines
This 2006 guideline is an update of Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute’s 2004 guidelines. It reviews the treatment and management options for depressive disorders in adults and includes updates regarding black-box warnings.
Maintenance treatment of major depression in old age
This article, from the New England Journal of Medicine, addresses the need for practical strategies to manage depression in older people to avoid death, or recurrence of depression and disability.
The National Institute of Mental Health: Depression (PDF)
This booklet addresses the general topic and related interventions. It also is available in Spanish.
The National Institute of Mental Health: Men and depression (PDF)
This booklet addresses issues specific to men. It also is available in Spanish.
Depression in older adults: A guide for patients and families
This guide is part of the Expert Consensus Guideline Series. It addresses commonly asked questions about causes and treatments for depression in people who are aging.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA has multiple resources available to the public regarding antidepressant use through its Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Some of the information available about antidepressants includes the latest news about product labeling, risks and side effects related to medications, and summaries of essential information related to medications.
Older adults: Depression and suicide facts
This fact sheet, developed by National Institute of Mental Health, presents treatment information and statistics on depression and suicide for people who are aging.
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Updated: December 9, 2014