Among the elderly, it’s common for depression to mask itself as physical ailments. It can be related to physical illnesses like thyroid disorders, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease or cancer. It’s important to consider mental health issues when other illnesses are present. Depression can be just as serious as other illnesses. Suicide is more common in older individuals than any other age group in the U.S.
What can cause depression in seniors?
A change in home environment. Moving from home into a retirement facility. Life changes such as the death of a spouse or close friends can also trigger sadness. Loss of independence can also bring about depression symptoms.
Be on the lookout for signs of depression in seniors:
- Increased or decreased body movements
- Sleep disturbances, such as difficulty sleeping, staying asleep or waking up early
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Difficulty with concentration
- pacing, wringing their hands, pulling or rubbing their hair, body or clothing
- Slowed speech or responses, low or monotonous voice tones
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Sadness, discouragement, crying
- Withdrawal from usual activities
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Delusions or hallucinations
If you suspect that you may be suffering from depression, or know someone else that may be, seek help from loved ones or professionals.
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