Know and Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Depression
How do you know if you or your elderly loved one may have depression?
Does depression look different as you age?
Depression in older, elderly adults may be difficult to recognize because older people may have different symptoms than younger people.
For some older adults with depression, sadness may not be their main symptom. They could just have a lack of interest in activities they once had interest in.
The following is a list of common symptoms. Still, because people experience depression differently, there may be symptoms that are not on this list.
- A lack of interest in activities you once where actively engaged with
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Irritability, restlessness, or having trouble sitting still
- Loss of interest in once pleasurable activities, including sex
- Decreased energy or fatigue
- Moving or talking more slowly
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping, waking up too early in the morning, or oversleeping
- Eating more or less than usual, usually with unplanned weight gain or loss
If you or an elderly loved one has several of these signs and symptoms and they last for more than two weeks, talk with your doctor. These could be signs of depression or another health condition. Don’t ignore the warning signs.
If you are a family member or friend, watch for clues. Listen carefully if someone of any age says they feel depressed, sad, or empty for long periods of time. That person may really be asking for help.
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A Person’s Cultural Background Can Make Depression Look Different
Signs and symptoms of depression can look different depending on the person and their cultural background.
People from different cultures may express emotions, moods, and mood disorders — including depression — in different ways. For some people, depression may be displayed as physical symptoms and include such as aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems.
Talk with people you trust about how you are feeling and encourage your loved one to do the same.
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