Although depression is closely linked with getting older, it is not a normal part of aging. Yet, over 6% of Americans 66, and older are clinically depressed. Source
Senior citizens do have depression risks because of stressful life situations that occur as we age. But, most depression is caused by physical problems. These are usually brain related, but could be caused by viruses, thyroid disorders, and even from vitamin B12 deficiency.
And, prescribed medicines we take for age-related ailments often cause side effects that mimic depression symptoms, even though they’re not caused by depression. Uh, that didn’t sound right, but it is…
Symptoms could include:
- Vagueness and memory problems
- Cranky or irritability
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Sleep disorders
- Lack of interest
- Lack of concentration
- Lack of energy
- Sadness, listness and persistant anxiousness
These symptoms doesn’t automaticlly mean we have clinic depression. Especially if we’re going though a period of grief, or are challenged with a major medical emergency. But, if any two of these symptoms last longer than two weeks, we need to get help from our health professionals.
Our generation often hold our feelings in. We’re all to familiar with old people whining, and complaining about their latest health problems. We don’t want lour loved ones avoiding us.
And, many of us are under the impression that these feelings are part and parcel with the woes of aging. They’re not.
Besides, they’re treatable. Get help!
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very damn welcome.