Watch Out For the Signs of Depression

Watch Out For the Signs of Depression

At S.A.F.E., our primary goal is to ensure seniors are safe in their homes so they can continue to enjoy a quality life as they age in place. However, we are very aware that physical safety is just one component of a good life. Depression can be an issue at any age, but it’s a common problem among older adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and it’s not a normal part of aging. Depression may be overlooked as a diagnosis for some seniors because sadness is not their main symptom. They may have other, less obvious symptoms or they may not be willing to talk about their feelings, so doctors may be less likely to recognize they have depression. What are the signs and symptoms of depression? Different people have different symptoms, but some indicators of depression are: Feeling sad or “empty” Feeling hopeless, irritable, anxious or guilty Losing interest in favorite activities Feeling very tired Not being able to concentrate or remember details Not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much Overeating, or not wanting to eat at all Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts Aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems Obviously, these symptoms don’t always indicate someone has depression, since we all might have some of them now and then. However, if you notice prolonged episodes occurring for a loved one, it may be time to take action. It’s important to remember that someone with depression cannot simply “snap out of it.” How is depression treated? The first step to getting appropriate treatment is to visit a doctor. Because certain medications or...
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