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Posted on May 27, 2015 in Counseling, Depression, Elderly, Family, News, Seniors

Depressed Elderly: How to Recognize the Symptoms

There are many misconceptions about depression. One myth is that real men don’t get depressed. The truth is, notions of masculinity have prevented men from speaking about their problems when they are depressed. Similarly, some people find it difficult to believe that elderly people can also be affected by depression. The elderly are more susceptible to depression than young people because many of them are retired, have lost their loved ones, are lonely or isolated, are in pain or not keeping good health. These conditions can lead to depression. If you see an elderly person suffering from sadness, fatigue, sleep disturbances, extreme weight loss, appetite loss, with no interest in hobbies, increased use of medications or alcohol, loss of self-worth, social withdrawal, it may be a sign that he or she is depressed. There are many reasons why an elderly person may start showing symptoms of depression. Symptoms of Depression in the Elderly Health issues: Chronic pain, disability, illness and cognitive decline can lead to depression. Reduced sense of...

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