Depression symptoms increase over last year of life

In the final month, nearly two out of three people are depressed: study

Many people experience worsening depression symptoms over their final year of life, a US study suggests.

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Researchers examined data on 3274 adults who participated in the nationwide Health and Retirement Study and died within one year of the assessment.

All participants had completed the eight-item Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CESD-8) and provided information on their physical health, income and education levels.

Across the entire study population, including people who didn't die within a year of