According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 70% of men and women over the age of 65 experience depression in the UK. Therefore, the more we learn about depression, the better we can manage it for ourselves and for our loved ones.
Depression can be a complex topic to discuss with some unwarranted negative connotations surrounding it. This blog post will hopefully help untangle any misconceptions about depression and looks at the common symptoms associated with this health condition. Understanding depression a little more can help us identify and monitor the different ways depression can manifest and how we can best treat it.
Depression is a common mood disorder which can present itself as physical and emotional difficulties. To be diagnosed with depression, an individual must experience five or more symptoms during a 2-week period.
Here are some common symptoms:
There is no single cause of depression as it can occur for a variety of reasons or be triggered by one or many events. So it’s important to be considerate to those who are suffering because they might not be able to explain exactly why they are feeling the way they do. What you must do is seek advice from a certified healthcare professional to assess the person who is suffering and get the right help. People who suffer with depression may require therapy, medication or other forms of treatment to help manage their symptoms. The good news is that there is a wide variety of treatments out there and combining these treatments with other lifestyle changes, such as healthier eating and regular exercise, can have a positive impact on the road to recovery.
It is important to keep in mind that depression is not a normal part of the aging process. Depression should be taken seriously, like any other illness or health condition. And thankfully, depression is generally treatable. Do reassure your loved ones about this fact as it is important to keep them feeling positive.