If you have elderly loved ones, it’s important to know how to approach the issue of senior depression. As people get older, many stressors pop up that can trigger depression. Family and friends around them may begin to die, their bodies start to age, and they may not be as independent as they once were.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, senior depression may be difficult to spot; although the usual symptoms of depression are present, such as a loss of appetite, insomnia, and fatigue, they are sometimes confused with normal ailments that are associated with aging. It’s important to remember however, as the National Library of Medicine points out, that depression is not a normal part of aging.
It’s important to know how to spot depression, since those suffering with it often keep it to themselves. According to the Mayo Clinic, depression is often characterized by feelings of hopelessness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and frequent mention of death.
It can often be difficult to know what to do when a loved one is suffering from depression. Family members can often feel the same level of helplessness as the victim. Sit down with the person and explain to them that resources are available. They are suffering from a real medical condition that requires treatment. Encourage them to seek out treatment from professionals who can help them through their difficulties.
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