Depression Is “NOT” A Normal Part Of Aging?

What Is Depression?

  • Depression is a medical condition characterized by feeling sad, feeling of hopelessness; low self-esteem; and loss of interest in things they normally enjoy.
  • Senior citizens are prone to changes in life that can lead them to feel depressed.
  • Life throws us many curve balls, life changes, loneliness or a medical condition can become quite overwhelming.
  • However, depression is not a “normal” part of aging.

Like heart disease or diabetes, depression is a medical condition that can be treated with medication and therapy.

The treatment is effective in the relief of symptoms within a few weeks in at least 80 percent of people.

It is important that older people and those who care for the elderly understand the symptoms of depression. If you think someone you know may be suffering from depression, use the list below for verification.

If they have these symptoms seek help:

  • The first resource should be a family physician.
  • Bring a friend or relative they trust that can help relieve anxiety to the appointment.
  • Understand that their doctor may suggest a checkup and treatment before referring them to a mental health specialist.
  • It may turn out to be a physical problem not a mental one.

Do they express any of following feelings:

  • Express Anxiety
  • Feeling Empty
  • Feeling like no one loves them
  • Life is not worth living.
  • Unfounded sense of guilt
  • Less interested in things they once enjoyed

Or are they:

  • Having alterations in sleeping habits
  • Are they having shifts in their eating habits
  • Are they suffering on going headaches, body and stomach aches.

Consider that these symptoms can be a real medical condition that can be dealt with effectively.

  • Talk to their doctor today.
  • Although many seniors suffer from depression, depression is not a normal part of aging.
  • In our next article about Depression we will offer tips on how to relieve the symptoms.

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