Older Adults With Existing Depression Show Resilience During the Pandemic

A multi-site study finds that seniors are more concerned with being infected with COVID-19 than the effects of social isolation

August 14, 2020

A study involving older adults with pre-existing major depressive disorder living in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis found no increase in depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers from five institutions, including Columbia, found that the older adults, who were already enrolled in ongoing studies of treatment resistant depression, also exhibited resilience to the stress of physical distancing and isolation.

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COVID-19, older adults