Depression in RetirementThere are many tensions in life that can lead to depression, and growing old can be a key. One very important for people suffering from depression is knowing that is not normal, and rarely going to come through it without professional help.
In the elderly, a trigger of depression is the difficulty in the transition from a productive working life to retirement.
As we age we experience many disappointments: death or their friends and family illness, loss of mobility, uncertain financial security, medical bills and so on. These events can lead to depression.
Most people can overcome these obstacles, but for others it may be more important and especially if complicated, can seem insurmountable. While sadness can happen as a result of a case, depression is very deep, and you can leave feeling down, unable to make decisions with a general feeling of malaise. Not affected both physically and mentally.
Clinical depression is a psychological problem that should not be overlooked, but treated as soon as possible with counseling or psychotherapy.
While the majority of older people are content with their lives, as many as three percent of people over 65 experience clinical depression. On the bright side however, about 80 percent of them can be treated successfully with psychotherapy. For some drugs it gives excellent results.
Several types of clinical depression:
1. Dysthmyia – a type of depression that may persist for a long time before diagnosis.
2. Reactive Depression – that occurs after a major loss or in response to a severe case of life.
3. Major depression – this serious form of the disease causes the sufferer almost unable to take daily life. A person can experience once in your life, or be repeated. Counseling and medication are often used in combination in this case.
4. Bipolar – this is often referred to as manic-depressive illness and manifests as severe mood swings, alternating extreme highs to lows is made. Bipolar disorder usually first appears when a person is in their twenties, but may not be diagnosed until as late as their fifties.
Some symptoms of depression
If you suspect these symptoms yourself or a loved one, you should consult a health professional about your concerns and request an evaluation.
Loss of pleasure in activities previously enjoyed.
A persistent sad or anxious mood.
Loss of energy.
Sleeping and eating problems.
Removing sense of pessimism.
Feelings of helplessness, worthlessness or guilt.
Unpredictable and excessive crying.
Fractiousness and irritability.
Too much pain that extends beyond three months.
Extremely ‘low’ followed by excessive periods high.
Racing thoughts and speech fat.
Decreased need for sleep.
The hardest part of getting help for the sick is the individual. People with depression often believe that it will go away in time, which can manage, or are too old to change. Others believe there is a stigma attached to having what is essentially a mental illness.
The truth is that it is highly treatable problem and you can see dramatic improvements within weeks. Antidepressants drugs, psychotherapy or a combination of the two are the customary treatment methods, depending on the severity and nature of the disease.
Family physicians, clinics and medical centers family can facilitate diagnosis and treatment for depression, but a consultation with a psychologist who also form part of the treatment process.
Remember that feeling of depression, especially in retirement, is not normal and that any vacuum or pessimistic feelings persist for more than a few weeks should be investigated by a health care professional.