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Dealing With Depression

Dealing With Depression

Depression is a serious and common disorder of mood that is pervasive, intense and involves mind, mood and body. Depression is not normal, even during the Holiday Season!! While an older adult might experience grief, sadness, loss of energy or other symptoms of depression in response to certain life events, depression is a disease that may be present when such symptoms last more than a few weeks with little relief.
Indicators of Depression Include...
Depressed mood, withdrawal/isolation, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, change in appetite and/or sleep patterns, increased physical complaints, anger, inability to concentrate or make decisions, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, anxiety, confusion and/or memory problems, neglect of self care and suicidal thoughts.
Depression is treatable. There are many options for treatment. Medication is helpful to many though the best results come with a combination of medication and therapy.
Therapy can target stressors and coping skills to change thoughts, behaviors and self-defeating patterns so that positive changes can be made in support of mental health.
Older adults have the highest suicide rate of all populations and any hint or threat of suicide should be taken seriously.
If you or someone you know is experiencing indicators of depression, contact your health care provider. Information about community programs and services can be obtained from the COA's I&A Social Worker, Liz Church at
301-790-0275 x211.

Article provided by the Washington County Commission on Aging

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