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Older people 'denied help'.

OLDER people with depression are being denied help because of their age, according to a report out today.

People seeking help are often fobbed off, misdiagnosed or given inappropriate treatment, it found. Doctors may issue prescriptions for drugs like Prozac when counselling would offer more benefit. And the numbers given psychological help are far lower than in the general population.

The study, from Age Concern, said more than two million people over 65 in England have symptoms of depression, but the vast majority are denied help.
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Date:Aug 12, 2008
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