This pamphlet discusses depression and older adults. It says depression is not a normal part of again. Symptoms which may indicate one is depressed include: feeling sad or empty; feeling hopeless, irritable, anxious or guilty; loss of interest in favorite activities; feeling very tired; not being able to concentrate or remember details; not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much, aches or pains, headaches, cramps, digestive problems, overeating or not wanting to eat.
Depression can be caused by several factors including genes, brain chemistry and stress.
In terms of treatment for depression, the first step is to talk to your doctor. it is important to remember you can just “snap out of it.” Treatment choices include medications or psychotherapy. One should remember medications can take some time to work, and they may also have side effects which should be discussed with your doctor. ECT is sometimes used for severe depression which is difficult to treat with conventional methods.
If you have a loved one who is experiencing depression offer support and understanding, talk the the person, DO not ignore talk of suicide. You can invite the person for a walk or other activity. Assure them that with time, treat can help to lift depression.
If you are depressed, some things to remember include: break up large tasks into smaller; spend time with people, friends and loved ones; stick to your treatment plan; do not make important life choices until you feel better.
National Suicide Prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255. Santa Clara County Suicide and Crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.