What’s more, when older persons both decline physically and carry some heavy psychological baggage, they may be especially resistant to help. Edwin Wood, M.D., a Houston, psychiatrist, told about a patient in his mid-70s who not only was going downhill physically but who also had experienced a bitter divorce, had a drinking problem, was alienated from his children, and had sexually abused his daughter when she was young. Although Wood put him on antidepressants and saw him twice a week for psychotherapy, the medication and psychotherapy did not seem to help much. The man became more and more depressed. Finally, the man’s girlfriend indicated that she did not wish to see him anymore. That seemed to be the final blow for him psychologically. He shot himself in the head in the bathroom. "He was simply bent on doing this," Wood believes.