DEPRESSION

MANY EXPERIENCE THE HEALTH-CONDITION-DEPRESSION
The Elderly Are Prone To The Health-Condition-Depression

The elderly are at high risk for the health-condition-depression because they are more likely than younger people to have experienced illness, a death of loved ones, impaired function, fear and loss of independence. The cumulative effect of aging and negative life experiences can be overwhelming for the elderly.  What exactly happens? It is more than just feeling sad from time to time or justifiable fear. It is a condition which robs individuals of joy for a prolonged period of time.

Depression varies with individuals but, occurs more often in women than men, though men are found to experience it as well, but not as often. It can happen to anyone, no matter what social, ethnic or cultural background you originated from. Not all persons experience sadness with the health-condition-depression, but rather a combination of the symptoms below. However, it is not unusual for many of us to experience times of sadness for one reason or another, but prolonged periods of hopelessness and despair should be given attention by your doctor. The problem with this condition is that it consumes every aspect of your life; your energy level, appetite, sleep, interests, relationships, and anxiousness. Particular signs of the health-condition-depression include:

Feelings of despair/sleep-walking in a fog
Loss of self-confidence/feelings of worthlessness
Loss of your ability to feel joy or pleasure
Sleep issues (inability to sleep or remain asleep, or the desire to sleep most of the time)
Fear of losing things
Lack of energy or motivation to do even routine things
Weight gain or loss for no apparent reason
Fear of being out(away from home) too long
Slowed movements & speech/forgetfulness
Unexplainable aches & pains
Fear of  strangers
Loss of interest in socialization
Fear of falling
Self-neglect

According to a study conducted by the American Geriatrics Society from 1999 to 2001, the health-condition-depression can be a risk factor for heart disease and stroke among those persons 65 years of age and older; they were 75% more likely to experience this. In fact, depression can occur in older adults who experience any chronic medical condition which may cause pain, disability or become life-threatening. While in this state, it may appear permanent, but with proper attention, it can over time be relieved.

Factors which put you at risk for the health condition- depression includes:
·       Ongoing or recent stressful experiences
·       Loneliness/isolation
·       Lack of support system
·       Relationship problems
·       Financial problems
·       Genetics/Family history of a condition
·       Early childhood trauma or abuse
·       Hormone imbalance
·       Alcohol/drug abuse
·       Chronic health issues/pain
·       Unemployment/underemployment

Attempt to look at the underlying cause of your problem. Seek solutions you might enable:
Try reading relevant articles on the problem
Change your environment
Seek out those who help improve your mood
Get involved with helping others/volunteer
Adopt a pet if you can afford to do so
Take nature walks/ go to the park
Explore developing a hobby
Have family or friends you check on frequently and they with you.
Last of all, if none of this works, seek professional help.

Recently it has been discovered that while aging, the hormones of our bodies can create an imbalance. Should there be too much of one hormone and not enough of another the body becomes out of sync and optimal health is affected. This includes your moods, emotional state, and overall well-being.

Be sure to make your physician aware of all medications you may be taking because medications have side-effects and the health-condition-depression might just be one of them. The elderly are more susceptible to depression if you are taking multiple medications. It is imperative that your doctor checks for side-effects and drug interactions. You should pay attention yourself when taking your meds to determine if the medication causes you to act differently.