As you get older, you may go through a lot of changes—death of loved ones, retirement, stressful life events, or medical problems. But after adjusting, many older adults feel well again. Depression is different. It is a medical condition that interferes with daily life and normal functioning. It is not a normal part of aging, a sign of weakness, or a character flaw.
Depression (major depressive disorder) - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
In , around Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, and other difficult situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely and scared. These feelings are normal reactions to life's stressors. Most people feel low and sad at times. However, in the case of individuals who are diagnosed with depression as a psychiatric disorder, the manifestations of the low mood are much more severe and they tend to persist. Depression occurs more often in women than men.
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Symptoms of depression often overlap with those of ADHD, making an accurate diagnosis challenging. Roughly one quarter of all adults with ADHD also experience symptoms of depression , which include feelings of sadness that last most of the day, stretch into weeks, and interfere with daily life. Depression, which typically begins to manifest around age 18, causes the sufferer and his or her loved ones significant pain. It is a serious illness that requires swift diagnosis and treatment; depression is a leading cause of suicide among adults.