Old-age Depression

Depression is a common problem in advancing years. It causes enormous human suffering and interferes with normal day-to-day life. It causes pain and suffering not only to the patients but also to their carers, much of which is unnecessary. Most people with a depression are unaware of the availability of treatment, though a majority of the sufferers can be helped. Depressive disorders are not the same as a passing sad mood and just cannot be wished away. Without treatment, symptoms last for weeks, months oryears.

Symptoms of depression are

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood feelings of hopelessness and pessimism.
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and helplessness.
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex.
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening or oversleeping.
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain.
  • Decreased energy, fatigue and being “slowed down” thoughts of death or suicide and suicide attempts.
  • Restlessness, irritability, difficulty in concentrating, forgetfulness and indecisiveness.
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain