Depression is one of the most common mental health problems of older adults. The features of depression are the same for elderly people as for younger people, including feelings of profound sadness and emptiness; low self-esteem, guilt, and pessimism; and loss of appetite and sleep disturbances. Depression is particularly common among those who have recently undergone a trauma, such as the loss of a spouse or close friend or the development of a serious physical illness.
Often, depression makes its presence felt gradually, making it difficult to realise that something is not right. This leads to people trying to cope by themselves instead of reaching out for help. If left untreated, depression raises an elderly person’s chances of developing significant medical problems. If symptoms are present for beyond 21 days, and disturb your family, social, and professional life, it’s time to seek help.
Worried that your loved one or you might have Depression?
If you have said yes to most of the above, we might be able to help you.
Treatments that can help you or your loved one: