Hidden Depression Factors to Watch For

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Causes of Depression in Seniors

(FinancialHealth.com) – Depression is more than just feeling down in the dumps from time to time. It’s a mood disorder that can completely disrupt daily living, creating feelings of despair and uncertainty.

Isolation, financial woes and sometimes medication side effects can trigger depression. Many face these feelings daily and may find it difficult to reach out for help. Know the signs of depression so you can help your loved one.

Medication Side Effects

Different health issues often require ongoing medication and treatment. Unfortunately, some of these meds counteract with others and trigger a myriad of other symptoms. This can lead to feelings of despair and may even exacerbate underlying feelings of sadness or depression.

That’s why it’s important, if your loved one sees multiple doctors, that they are part of an interdisciplinary care system. This means they are in the same practice or network of care coordinating the best care for the patient. It prevents medication overuse by working closely to come up with a reasonable and safe plan of care and prescription dosage.

Financial Woes

Worrying about paying bills or other debt can compound underlying depression symptoms. Knowing that a loved one is overwhelmed and purposely isolating themselves should spark attention.

Feeling excessively sad and overwhelmed is not a normal part of life. When these feelings don’t go away or make everyday life hard to muster through, it’s time to seek help.

Isolation

Many who are homebound adapt to not getting out routinely. But if your loved one is suddenly refusing care or even a visit, depression could be the cause. Not wanting to face others or feeling too drained to get out of bed are signs that should be addressed by a health professional.

Seeking Help

Never ignore signs of depression such as irritability, malnourishment and over-tiredness. Many times it’s a subtle cry for help. Getting assistance right away can improve mental and physical health and in some cases, even save a life.

Start with an appointment with your loved one’s family doctor. Treatment involves a health screening to rule out any underlying medical problems or adjust existing medications. From there, therapy, antidepressant medications and establishing a solid support system is the key to tackling depression.

If a loved one has feelings of suicide, don’t wait to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Knowing that depression is treatable, and no one has to go through it alone provides light at the end of the tunnel.

~Here’s to Your Financial Health

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