Depression can be a common condition in older adults. Whether it is due to medication side effects, loss of a loved one, or the inability to do what you used to do, depression can and should be addressed. If you suspect that you or a loved one is dealing with depression, go through the list below and state whether you feel that way “not at all”, “several days a week”, “more than half of the days”, or “everyday”.
- Little pleasure or interest in things you normally enjoy
- Feeling down, depressed or hopeless
- Trouble sleeping- sleeping too much or not enough
- Feeling tired with no energy
- Poor appetite or overeating
- Feeling bad about yourself- feeling like a failure or worthless
- Trouble concentrating
- Having thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself
If in the last two weeks you have answered “everyday” to some of these statements, share your results with your healthcare professional. They may suggest a support group, therapy, or even medication. Though common, depression is a very treatable condition.