by Emilie Ferreira
In the older population, depression is frequently overlooked; symptoms are irritability or fatigue, trouble sleeping or inability to concentrate. Many seniors have such symptoms, which makes diagnosing a condition like depression that much harder.
An article in AARP details key things you should know about depression. For example, depression screening is a free service offered in the Welcome to Medicare visit. Depression can increase the risk of stroke, so it’s imperative you get screened. Also, in white adults over 65, the rate of male suicides is over five times greater than female suicides. Undiagnosed depression can seriously take its toll.
But it’s always important to know there’s hope. People are ashamed to talk about any mental illness, but talking about it and getting help for it will undeniably make things better.
If you or someone you know is suffering with depression, talk to a doctor. There are many programs designed to help with depression, you just have to know about which one is best for you.