Geriatric Psychiatrist Questions Depression

Why am I always sad?

I feel like I'm always sad, but I don't think I'm depressed. I'm 70 years old, and I have never really felt this way before. It could be my medications--but I don't know. Do you think I should see a psychiatrist about this sudden sadness I'm feeling?

2 Answers

Other than feeling sad, what else do you feel? I would say that if it is to a point of affecting your daily functioning and affecting your ability to enjoy anything that you usually enjoy doing and maybe have constant thoughts of death. Best to see a psychiatrist to get evaluated and treated if deemed necessary. There is such a thing as late onset depression. Full evaluation of your symptoms, medications you take, your physical health, psychosocial issues, if any, would be beneficial to you, and a good psychiatrist will do this.
Yes, you should see a psychiatrist for this. If one is not available, talk to your primary care physician. Depression can take many forms and can look different in the older population.