Anti aging guide

Depression Treatment for Older People



How to treat depression effectively when aging.

In general, depression is on the increase all over the world. It is particularly common in older people and this is because problems such as chronic pain, bereavement, loneliness, social isolation and the side effects of drugs are common in this age group. Women around the time of the menopause are more likely to be affected.

Depression should not be confused with temporary feelings of sadness which are a normal part of everyday life, though it may be difficult for a non-specialist to separate actual clinical depression from everyday low mood. Over 10 million Americans have depression without even knowing about it.

Apart from low mood and frequent crying, depression also causes:

  • loss of interest in personal care
  • low concentration
  • loss of motivation
  • low self-esteem
  • sleep problems
  • tiredness
  • aches and pains
  • headaches

There are several prescription drugs which can treat depression quite effectively. Modem drugs have fewer side effects than some older treatments. Fluoxetine (Prozac) has received a lot of publicity, but newer drugs are equally effective. Complementary treatments are also effective in some cases.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - March 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm