A Multi-country Analysis of the Treatment Options for Late-life Depression in Geriatric Patients
Chamanthi Konidala1*, Kevin Sneed2 and Yashwant Pathak3*
1Judy Genshaft Honors College, University of South Florida, USA
2Taneja College of Pharmacy, University of South Florida, Tampa
3Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia
*Corresponding Author: Yashwant Pathak, Taneja College of Pharmacy, University of South Florida, Tampa FL 33612 firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 15, 2022; Published: May 11, 2022
In many countries around the world, the geriatric population is still one group that lacks proper healthcare. Further, the prevalence of mental illnesses, like late-life depression, grows in the elderly as costs of care, family separation, and inexistence of government support increases. Despite these circumstances, the geriatric population seems to be growing day by day. The purpose of this paper is to bring awareness to late-life depression present in the elderly population. The main body of the paper is separated based on the different countries that were discussed (China, India, and the United States). The different cultural beliefs each country contains were identified. These differences brought attention to how late-life depression may be prevalent in the different countries. Lastly, with the cultural differences in mind, various treatment options were proposed to aid the geriatric population in each country. As the paper progressed, it was clear to see that cultural differences truly affected which therapies certain elderly individuals will be the most responsive to. Thus, there is no one true winner in the many solutions given. As a result, future research on this subject may be on identifying a proper treatment that could work universally with cultural beliefs in mind.
Keywords: Multi Country Analysis; Late Life Depression; Geriatric Patients; Cultural Differences; Therapies for Depression; Individual Responses to Therapy
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