Older adults with existing depression show resilience during the pandemic

EurekAlert! | Jul 23, 2021 at 2:00 AM
  • A study involving older adults with pre-existing major depressive disorder living in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, and St Louis found no increase in depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Using two screening assessments of depression and anxiety, PHQ-9 and PROMIS, researchers found no changes in the participants’ depression, anxiety or suicidality scores before and during the pandemic.
  • The authors further emphasized that access to mental health care and support groups, and continued social interaction are needed to help older adults whether the pandemic.