Question: Both my parents are getting wonderful ADL care but my mother, age 87, is so depressed all the time (she of course does not call this depressed, and denies ever being depressed). We have encouraged her doctor to prescribe antidepressants, but the drug hasn’t worked at all. Do I contact the doctor and ask for a different prescription or what?
Dr. Amy: Go with your mother to the doctor and explain that her health has not improved. The dosage may need to be modified or a new medication prescribed, and this can only happen if you let the doctor know about the situation. Treating depression can be tricky. Your mother's medication needs to be monitored until she is feeling a positive impact.
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