Depression and illness are strongly associated, according to research led by Dr. Margaret A. Ege. Reporting at the annual conferences for the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, Dr. Ege discussed her study which examined whether people 60 and older with specific medical conditions have a higher prevalence of depression.
Looking at data from the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), Dr. Ege found that 5% of the entire sample had major depression but among those with osteoporosis, the percentage increased to 7.4%. For those with arthritis, the rate of major depression was 7.1%. Read more about this interesting research exploring depression and other medical illnesses.