Depressed older adults
Depression is a true and treatable medical condition, not a normal part of aging. However older adults are at an increased risk for experiencing depression. If you are concerned about a loved one, offer to go with him or her to see a health care provider to be diagnosed and treated. It is a true medical condition that is treatable, like diabetes or hypertension.
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Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older
Depression in older adults | Royal College of Psychiatrists
Depression is more than just feeling sad or blue. It is a common but serious mood disorder that needs treatment. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, and working. When you have depression, you have trouble with daily life for weeks at a time. Depression is a real illness.
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Signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in older people
Often older people with anxiety will experience a range of symptoms from the categories below:. It's important to note that everyone experiences some of these symptoms from time to time and it may not necessarily mean that the person is depressed. Equally, not every person who is experiencing depression will have all of these symptoms. Older people with depression tend to present with more symptoms from the physical category compared to the other categories. So an older person is more likely to present to their GP with various physical complaints and difficulty sleeping rather than complaints of sadness or low mood.
Depression is sometimes viewed as a normal part of aging. It shouldn't be. Rates of depression vary widely, depending on elderly individuals' overall health and whether people still live independently.
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