Depression makes elderly more vulnerable to falls

Depression affects about 350 million people across the world and leads to changed appetite, irregular sleep, loss of interest in daily activities, a low mood, increased anxiety, as well as raising the risk of falls.

The risk of falls is especially true for the elderly and the proper dose of psychiatric medication may take away that risk, says a new study.

Experts say a combination of regular use of psychiatric medication and close monitoring of fall risk can have a useful effect. However, the use of certain medications has to be closely watched and adjusted from time to time.

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