Depression in Older Adults

by Kandis Schmelz, MBSH New Hope Nurse Manager

  • 19 March 2020
  • Author: David Hartwick
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Depression in Older Adults

Proper diagnosis of depression can be difficult.  Some symptoms of depression can include the following:

  • Sadness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Irritability
  • Crying spells
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Sleep problems
  • Changes in appetite
  • Physical aches and pains

Depression in older adults can reduce the quality of life and increase the risk of suicide. The good news is that most older adults see an improvement in their symptoms when treated with anti-depression drugs, psychotherapy, or a combination of both.

However, if left untreated it can eventually effect a person’s daily living.  This can include:

  • not leaving the house to enjoy the things you once did
  • not eating or excessive eating
  • not sleeping or sleeping too much
  • not feeling any enjoyment in life

New Hope Behavioral Health is here to help.  We accept patients 50 years and older to our inpatient unit.  For more information call 573-860-1601 or 573-860-1602.  Our staff are available to help 24 hours a day.

If you or someone you care about is in crisis, please seek help immediately.

  • Call 911
  • Visit a nearby emergency department
  • Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) to talk to a trained counselor
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