Elderly people grieving the death of a loved one are often misdiagnosed as depressed

When they’re actually just lonely

  • Doctors often mistake bereavement with depression,  researchers warn
  • Rather than prescribing drugs, more should be done to tackle loneliness

Suffering from bereavement, many older people seek help from a GP to cope with the crushing feelings of loneliness.

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One Response to Elderly people grieving the death of a loved one are often misdiagnosed as depressed

  1. Yes. Drugs – a quick fix. Well actually it’s hardly a fix at all. What’s really needed is a little one-to-one tlc. Something as simple as a hug and the courage to allow a grieving person to open up for a few minutes is a much quicker’ fix’ than medication – but the effects will last a whole lot longer.

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