The treatment options for major depression in older adults are the same as for younger patients, although the doses of medication used are smaller and the side effects greater.
Finding the right anti-depressant medication can sometimes take time and may involve trying a few different options until an effective drug and optimal dose can be found.
Mrs Wood will commence Citalopram 10mg daily for two weeks, before increasing to 20mg.
Her condition will be monitored and if no improvement is shown within 6 weeks of combined therapy, a change in dosage or drug will be considered.
Mrs Wood is referred to a local Psychologist who has a lot of experience is treating older people with mood disorders.