World 's Most Common And Costly Mental Illness

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Depression in the Elderly According to Charles Sophy, Medical Director for the County of Los Angeles Department of
Children and Family Services, geriatric depression is not a normal part of aging. (2010-2015
Sharecare n.d.para1). Geriatric depression is the prolonged occurrence of depression in the elderly. Also considered a mental and emotional disorder, it is known to affect around 5 million elderly of all walks of life, 65 years or older. Feeling sad and having “blue” days is not uncommon, however, feeling this way for an extended period of time is considered atypical.
Depression in itself is considered one of the world’s most common and costly mental illness
(Williams, 2011).

There is no single cause of depression in any certain age group. Some research indicates that there could be a genetic link to the disease. Numerous studies have been conducted in different continents. One particular study was led by Gerome Breen of King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry (2011). The first study analyzed more 800 families with recurrent depression, while the second examined depression and heavy smoking in a series of families from
Australia and Finland. Both studies were published in the American Journal of Psychiatry and both teams reported a strong link between depression and genetic variations in a region called chromosome 3p25-26 (Williams, 2011)."Normally in genetic studies of depression,…
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