Why Elderly Depression Can Be Hard to Detect It's estimated that about 6 1/2 million seniors suffer from clinical depression. Though many seniors experience depression as the result of ongoing medical issues, depression can also arise as a result of recent deaths of friends and family members, anxieties about death, or social isolation. Regardless of the cause, elderly depression is often harder to detect than it is in younger people, because the signs tend to be either confused with other conditions or overlooked. Here are some common depression symptoms that elderly people exhibit: Beyond Grief Seniors can be confronted with numerous deaths of family members, friends, and others who are important to them. Though grief is a common emotion during such times, deep depression is a more serious sense of loss. The grieving process is normally filled with both highs and lows, while depression is typically characterized as a constant sense of sadness or loss without relent. Isolation or Withdrawal Elderly people with depression will often isolate themselves from friends or family or abandon activities they previously enjoyed. Though this can often be confused as gruffness or even mean- spiritedness, it's often a sign that the elderly person is feeling alone and depressed. Loss of Appetite and Sleeplessness Some elderly people with depression will experience weight loss because they don't really feel like eating anymore. This is often accompanied by disrupted sleep patterns or sleeping disorders that prevent the elderly person from obtaining enough sleep every night. Experienced estate planning attorneys Seattle WA of the Byrd Garrett PLLC offers estate planning and business planning resources to residents of Seattle WA. To learn more about these free resources, please visit http://www.byrdgarrett.com today.
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