Clinical Depression Symptoms and Complexities in Elderly Clinical depression is commonly overused and misunderstood in our society. Most healthcare professionals are comfortable dealing with hard facts and logic. If your bone is broken, it can be fixed. If your blood pressure is high, then there is a pill. But if you don’t feel like yourself, then there is a problem. It grows even more complex in the elderly. There is no black or white answer to depression. General family physicians and psychiatrists can prescribe antidepressants as our brain may need certain chemicals to help our bodies function at its best.