Elderly depression treatment can be difficult. Anyone can develop elderly depression, and seniors have an increased chance the longer they age. Some elderly people may experience life changes such as financial, health and even spiritual changes, which can lead to sadness, feelings of isolation and hopelessness. Although the “blues” can strike anyone, when depression affects your life and takes away your joy from things you love, help may be needed.
Elderly depression treatment varies, depending greatly on the cause. In addition, different depression therapies and treatments work differently for different people. It is important to speak with your doctor when seeking treatment for depression. Here are some treatment options that are available.
Therapy with a trained professional is an important option to consider when dealing with elderly depression. Discussing your feelings and working through life changes such as retirement, financial changes, health issues and feelings of isolation can help you cope better and think more positively while dealing with these challenges.
Religious and peer counseling can help you find new meaning and purpose, ground you in your community, and reduce the feelings of loneliness and hopelessness that may come with elderly depression.
Support groups can be a good way to heal. Sharing your experiences, feelings and offering encouragement with other seniors suffering from depression can give you a sense of belonging, social support and a connection with other seniors going through similar situations. Support groups for bereavement, illness or depression are all available and can provide a positive and safe place for sharing what you are going through.
Medication prescribed by your physician or therapist might be an option for depression treatment in seniors. Medications such as antidepressants can help improve your mood, sleep, appetite and concentration. As a senior, you may already be taking other medications and therefore you must be aware of possible side affects and drug interactions if you begin a medication regimen.
Once you have recognized that you or a loved one may be suffering from elderly depression, speak with your physician who can help decide the best treatment for you. Share your condition with loved ones, or seniors that are friends, so you don’t feel alone. If you are a senior suffering with depression, there is help available and you can be treated successfully with the proper care. Depression probably didn’t develop over night, so it may take some time to heal.
1. American Psychological Association
2. National Institute on Aging
3. NIH Senior Health on NIHseniorhealth.gov
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