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Fewer people aged 50+ report depression symptoms, except for those 55-59

By Susan Perry

MINNPOST, July 15, 2014

A recent study from researchers at the University of Michigan offers a mixed report on the rate of depression among older Americans.
It found that between 1998 and 2008, the rate of people aged 50 and older who reported having symptoms of depression fell significantly. Most of that decrease, however, was among people over the age of 80. Among “late middle-agers” — people between the ages 55 and 59 — the rate of severe depression actually increased.

These findings suggest that “there may be a severely ill population subgroup that is either not being treated adequately” or not responding to treatment, the researchers conclude.

The study’s findings also contradict the prevailing belief that depression is highest among the very old.



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