Often depression and sadness might seem to go hand and hand, many depressed senior people claim not to feel sad at all. Sometimes they complain instead, of a lack of energy or the desire to do anything. They will often complain about physical reasons to avoid doing some things. Physical complaints, such as arthritis pain are often the symptoms of depression is in the elderly. Depression in older adults can be caused by medical conditions.
Depression can be a very difficult condition to recognise as some of the symptoms are often seen as normal behaviour.
We all feel sad at different times and we all get moody, distracted and all of us can want to have a break from family and friends.
However, if we are feeling like this for more than two weeks, and no longer get pleasure from those activities we used to enjoy very much, if we are having trouble getting our work done and not being able to concentrate and withdrawing from our family and friends, well then we need to look at our thoughts and feelings.
Depression is a mental health condition that is found in people of all ages including our elderly, though often not recognized and diagnosed for various reasons.
Low mood in the elderly is common. Often, elderly depression and the symptoms can be confused with other medical conditions. Changes in life that occur in the aged – death in the family or close friends, and retirement can cause these low moods. Because fewer people are around, there is less chance of noticing the depressive behaviour. Low mood in elderly people increases the risk of other health problems including insomnia or heart problems.
Medications and when appropriate, psychological therapy can help treat this depressive condition in elderly people.
Depression and anxiety are common conditions.
A lot of people do not fully understand the meaning of the terms depression and anxiety. They will often ask what are the differences or is it the same condition. (People can also confuse anxiety with stress).
Depression and anxiety are two completely different conditions, it is not unusual for them to occur at the same time.
More than 50% of those who experience depression also experience symptoms of anxiety. Sometimes, one condition can lead to the onset of the other.
Depression In Children
Depression can be recognised by varying symptoms in each case. Often a child described as “moody” is actually displaying symptoms of depression.
Children of all ages are affected by the behaviour of the people in their lives, especially the parent figures. If the child experiences regular discord or friction between the parents, often the child will display a despondent mood or they may become angry and uncooperative in expressing their unhappiness.
When a child loses someone close to them as in the case of a divorce, or the death of a close family member, sometimes the adults in the child’s life are so caught up in their own grieving, that the child’s emotional needs and support are overlooked.
Do I Have Depression
Have you ever wondered why you do not have any energy anymore, and why is it you do not want to get out of bed in the morning?
There are many people who ask themselves this question. They are not sure if their diet is inadequate and maybe they just have an iron deficiency.
Do your family and friends wonder why you don’t want to attend family get-togethers or even a gossip over a cup of coffee?
Does it seem just too hard to make the effort to get dressed in the mornings, get into the car and go?
Maybe you are depressed, and if so depression is not a dirty word.
There are so many different forms of depression and mental health issues. Nearly all people will experience some form of mental health or depression symptoms at one point or another in their life.
Swan valley psychology centre has experienced clinical psychologists that are dedicated to assessing and treating people from child to adult with a range of problems such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, addictions, PTSD, child psychology, separation anxiety, relationship difficulties, challenging behaviours, anger and sexual abuse. Medico-legal and workers compensation assessments are available along with assessments for autism and intellectual disability. A range of treatment approaches include Cognitive behavioural therapy, behaviour therapy, interpersonal therapy and EMDR.
The centre runs group programmes and seminars. Coming in October is a mindfulness meditation group. Contact the centre for details Like us on our Facebook page
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