Depression is a biologically based illness just like diabetes or high blood pressure, with real physical consequences. In recognition of this, there is a growing movement of mental health practitioners and primary care physicians teaming up to identify medical patients in need of mental health treatment and to offer such treatment in the physician’s office. In most states, insurance companies are now required to cover the costs of treating biologically based mental health disorders like depression, the same as they would cover treatment for other physical illness. Complications of Depression in the Elderly Depression in the elderly leads to poorer
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