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Older women more susceptible to depression than older men
Date:2/6/2008

nearly 40 percent of the depressed participants were depressed during at least two consecutive time points. This highlights the need to initiate and potentially maintain antidepressant treatment after resolution of the initial depressive episode, said Barry, who is a Brookdale Leadership in Aging Fellow.

Our findings provide strong evidence that depression is more persistent in older women than older men, said Barry. We were surprised by this finding because women are more likely to receive medications or other treatment for depression. Further studies are needed to determine whether women are treated less aggressively than men for late-life depression, or if women are less likely to respond to conventional treatment.


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