Sometimes however, there are people who fall through the cracks, and are missing out on this support, mainly because they have not been formerly assessed and diagnosed with depression.
Which Age group Is More Likely To Suffer With depression?
Depression is a mental health issue which can affect people of all ages and walks of life, including children and the elderly.
In Australia, depression in our older adults has become a common problem, as the population is aging.
The medical symptoms of depression can dramatically affect the lifestyle of people in many ways including:
- Self confidence
- Energy levels
- Sleep patterns
- Motivation and interest in doing anything
- Feeling pain
- Feeling irritable
Often those older people who are suffering depressive behaviour do not even realise that they have anything to be concerned about and put it down to just getting old.
Older family members may prefer to avoid discussing the issue, for fear of becoming a burden. We all need to be able to help and support any of our family or friends who are suffering with this mental health issue known as depression.
How To Notice Signs Of Depression
Making an effort to spend time with our older relations, is a good start to keeping an eye on them and noticing when they are not feeling their usual self.
If a person has been in a low or depressed mood for several months, it may be time to look for other indicators that depression could be the cause.
Depression is common in the elderly and often the signs are overlooked and put down to ageing.
Symptoms of depression in an elderly person may become apparent after:
- The loss of a family member or close friend
- The loss of a valued pet
- Financial hardship
- Major surgery
- Experiencing a stroke
- Diagnosis of terminal illness
How To Help Our Older Adults With Depression
If you have concerns that your elderly loved one has depression, or suspect your parent is suffering depressed mood symptoms, encourage him or her to seek professional help.
Contact the team at the Swan Valley Psychology Centre for more information, support and treatment for people with depression or depressed mood.
Phone: 08 9379 3580
Fax: 08 93793557
Address: 85 Walter Road East, Bassendean 6054
Postal Address: PO Box 4073, Eden Hill WA 6054