Depression is not a normal part of ageing and it is not a character weakness. It is a medical illness and there are effective treatments, no matter your age.
Depression can affect physical health as well as mental health, and symptoms can be similar to dementia, so you should get a medical assessment if you or a loved one experiences long periods of low mood or no longer enjoy activities.
It is easier to treat depression if you seek help early.
Page last updated: 27 November 2018
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