As John Waters indicated in his study in 2010 that depression seems to look quite different in the old and the elderly than it does in the younger people. Normally, an old person may be depressed if he or she has felt a little bit sad or miserable almost the time or lost pleasure in most of usual activities, also posed some of the following symptoms.
1. Changes in behaviors:
- Slow down or restlessness
- Have difficulty in getting motivated in the morning
- Unbalance in sleeping: hard to sleep, stay asleep or walk up early
- Get sick easily
- Always have similar complaints
- Find it hard to concentrate, ponder and make decisions or come up with some ideas
- Be scared, agitated, confused or always worried
2. Changes in thoughts
Lose self-esteem or the ability to experience pleasure
- Express excessive concerns about family ‘s finance
- Negative comments like “It’s my fault” and some feelings of worthlessness
- Sometimes have feelings of guilt
3. Physical symptoms
- Sleep more or less than usual they do
- Have a feeling of being tired all the time
- Slowed movement
- Memory problems: short-term memory, have trouble in focusing or remembering things
- Get sick easily especially unexpected pains and aches: backache, headaches or pain
- Lose weight continuously or gain weight suddenly
- Loss or change of appetite
- Agitation, hand wringing and pacing
- Have bad feelings: upset, disappointed or lose interests or pleasure in everything
It’s vital to note that someone who has experienced some of these symptoms from time to time and it may not possibly mean that she or he is depressed. Likewise, not every person who is in depression will possess all of these signs.
What are its causes?
Obviously, depression is extremely harmful not only for the person with depression but also others who are taking care of them. Therefore, finding its causes to apply some appropriate measures to prevent it from the beginning is very important. So, what are depression causes in the elderly?
- Health problems: Illness, disability chronic pain or cognitive decline.
- Fears: Fear of death, trouble in financial problems and worry about
- Feelings of being lonely and isolate: Live alone, decrease in mobility because of illness or loss of
- Bereavements: The death of someone or the loss of something around them
These above are certain typical symptoms and the major causes of depression that the old adults have to suffer at their age, which can be good advice for us to take look after our old members in our family better.