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Elderly Depression

Elderly Depression

If you think depression is exclusive to everyone under 60 you are sadly mistaken! Look at the list below and see if this fits you, your parents, or your grandparents.

In seniors, some of the most common symptoms include:

feeling sadness or “emptiness”

feeling hopeless, cranky, nervous, or guilty for no reason

sudden lack of enjoyment in favorite pastimes

fatigue

loss of concentration or memory

either insomnia or too much sleep

eating too much or eating too little

suicidal thoughts or attempts

aches and pains

headaches

abdominal cramps

digestive issues

What should you do if you think you might be depressed? Go to your primary care doctor. They will examine you physically and psychologically to determine if you would benefit from many of the mood enhancing drugs available today. They will also determine if this is a transient condition that does not require medication.

This generation learned to face life’s troubles on their own without medical help, so they may need to be  encouraged to seek help.

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