Depression is a common condition in older adults. Symptoms of depression can include feeling sad or hopeless, feeling tired or not having energy, loss of interest in hobbies and activities, and changes in appetite. People with depression may also think of or attempt suicide.
Many older adults who have been successfully treated for depression will go on to experience another episode of depression in the future. Some evidence suggests that age-related
physical, biological, and social changes may play a role in the recurrence of depression, but researchers do not fully understand this relationship.
The purpose of this two-part study is to treat depression in older adults and better understand why some people experience a return of depression after successful treatment and some do not. Researchers hope their findings lead to better ways to identify, monitor, and treat older adults with depression who may be at a high risk for recurrence.
If you are an older adult who is currently suffering from depression, or has been treated for depression in the past, you may be eligible to participate in this study. We hope that this research will lead to better treatments in the future. Further research today and join our study!