Depression can happen to people of all ages regardless of their background or achievements. Depression is often overlooked in older adults as a change in behavior is commonly attributed to cognitive decline or a part and parcel of aging.
It’s crucial to understand that depression isn’t something that everyone experiences at least once in their lifetime, nor is it part of growing up, nor a sign of weakness or a character flaw. While changes in life and transitioning into retirement may cause your loved one to feel down, it shouldn’t last longer than 2 weeks.
Here are some classic symptoms of depression to help you spot whether your loved one may have depression so you can get them the help they need to improve their symptoms, memory, and quality of life.
The most common symptom of depression is withdrawal from family and friends. You may find that your loved one is spending much more time at home, avoiding social activities as much as possible.
People with depression often avoid any form of social interaction as depression causes them to have feelings of intense guilt which make them think that their loved ones are happier without them. Another reason for social isolation is the lack of motivation and energy to do anything. This is the dark side of depression because the feelings of guilt result in them not being able to reach out to their loved ones or get help. Therefore, making new friends at any stage in your life is just as important.
Increased Fatigue and Changes In Sleep
People with depression socially withdraw and lose interest in activities that they enjoy because they often feel tired. Despite getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep, your loved one may still feel fatigued as depression sucks all of your energy out of you leaving you exhausted and not wanting to do anything.
Changes In Appetite and Weight
Another common symptom of depression is the changes in your loved ones’ appetite and weight. If your loved one isn’t on any diet for other medical reasons, then it may be a result of depression. Some people experience an increased appetite and weight gain, while others experience a lack of appetite and weight loss.
Withdrawal From and Loss of Interest In Activities
Have you noticed that your loved one is no longer engaging in activities or things that they once enjoyed doing? Depression can suck the pleasure or enjoyment out of the things you once loved.
Feelings Of Despair, Worthlessness, Being A Burden, Guilt
Feelings of despair, worthlessness, being a burden, emptiness, numbness, and guilt are common symptoms of depression. People with depression often have intrusive thoughts constantly criticizing and reminding them of how much a burden they are, preventing them from reaching out for help.
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