Depression in the elderly
- Posted on 3rd May 2017
- in Community Mental Health, Depresion, Treatment Recommendations
- by Chely Lima
The elderly usually appears in literature and romantic cinema as a time of wisdom and freedom, in which people take a well-deserved break from responsibilities that were left in the past (such as parenting and their own professional careers), and has all the time in the world to devote himself to tasks that make him feel happy and fulfilled in areas of his life that previously had to be set aside. But the reality is not always consistent with fiction, and it´s perhaps for this reason that cases of depression in the elderly are abundant.
However, although depression may be common to many seniors, this condition isn´t normal, nor does it have to be part of a person’s ways of being when he or she grows older.
And the truth is that it is not easy to detect depression in the third age, because it´s sometimes confused with symptoms that are related to physical ailments (inappetence, insomnia, generalized discouragement, a low level of energy.)
There are also factors that can sadden a person without being exactly that mental disorder that we call depression, but that if the person is depressed, they contribute to aggravate their condition, such as loneliness, physical exhaustion, the loss of loved ones (whether by death or have left home), a change of address or transfer to a communal home, some chronic condition that invalidates or causes pain, inability to take care of himself, to move on his own feet, etc.
Other causes of depression may be due to physical problems: Alzheimer’s disease, heart or thyroid disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, among others.
Fortunately, depression in the elderly is not a hopeless condition, and can be alleviated by therapy, appropriate medications, or a suitable combination of both. That is why it´s advisable to seek professional help.
f you (or a loved one) is reflected in this article, call us to make an appointment. At the Mercy Behavioral Center we can help you.
In the Mercy Behavioral Center we offer you services for your recovery, such as individual, family and group therapy, drug testing, psychiatric evaluation, referral to community support groups and much more.
Our mission is to assist you, support you to achieve your goals and live a healthier and happier life.
Call us today for an appointment at (305) 883-5188 and visit us at www.mercybc.com.