Patients over age 55 years who present with social isolation, loss of interest in activities, irritability, appetite loss, vague complaints, and insomnia are a diagnostic challenge for clinicians. This article describes a framework diagnosing and treating depression in older adults.
Lisa Myrick practices at CHE Behavioral Services in Augusta, Ga. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.
Acknowledgment The author would like to thank Lisa Daitch, MPAS, PA-C, associate professor in the PA program at Augusta (Ga.) University, for her assistance with this manuscript.
Roy A. Borchardt, PA-C, PhD; Michael D. Overcash, MPAS, PA-C; Jennifer M. Coombs, PhD, PA-C; Brian K. Yorkgitis, PA-C, DO; and Ellen D. Mandel, DMH, MPA, MS, PA-C, department editors