van gogh Signs of Depression in SeniorsAnne Osmer Reporting

Suspect a senior you know is suffering from depression?  According to the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, here are some signs to look for:

• Physical symptoms such as pain or gastrointestinal problems

• Withdrawal from regular social activities

• Persistent sadness (lasting two weeks or more)

• Feeling slowed down

• Neglect of personal appearance/hygiene

• Excessive worries about finances and health problems

• Frequent tearfulness

• Feeling worthless or helpless

• Weight changes

• Pacing and fidgeting

• Difficulty sleeping

• Difficulty concentrating

If you or someone you know exhibits any of the above symptoms, see a doctor.  Depression is treatable!
(Art above: “On the Threshold of Eternity” by Vincent van Gogh)

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