Recognising Depression in Older Adults can be challenging. Many fail to recognise the symptoms, or are often reluctant to talk about their feelings or ask for help. Some of the reasons that depression in the elderly is often overlooked include:
The belief that depression is just a part of aging
Assuming that you have good reason to be down
Not realising that physical complaints are signs of depression
Co-occuring medical conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, or diabetes
Therapy works well for depression as it addresses the underlying causes rather than just the symptoms. If you have lost interest in activities that you once enjoyed, or finding it hard to manage some of the challenges ahead, seeing a clinical psychologist can help.
To make an appointment, freecall 1800 877 924.