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DEPRESSION : my own OBSERVATION

>> Tuesday, May 12, 2009

This is my daily observations that has different bases due to thier age status and its standard or level in society.It cannot be said in one day  or how and when exactly thier attitudes be seen.Sometimes you can obsreved it's changes  once in a month if not seriously affected.There are times that daily or instant changing of attitudes makes a hardwork adjustments then make surprises also to caregivers.   Most medical experts has no treatment and they just ignored the patients coming in thier clinics.Medical studies explains that depression is considered the most common mental disorder, afflicts up to 5% of people aged 65 and older. Many researchers think this is a low estimate, because depression can mimic dementia. Some experts thus estimate that as many as ten percent of those diagnosed with dementia actually suffer from depression and if treated it is reversible.

One example is quite common in older persons due in part to the inevitable losses which occur with aging. Also, changes in brain chemistry can cause profound depression in older adults. Several physical problems, including transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), strokes, Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias often cause paranoid thoughts, delusions, hallucinations and aggressive actions.

Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, helplessness, inappropriate guilt; prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells; jumpiness or irritability; loss of interest in and withdrawal from formerly enjoyable activities, family, friends, work or sex are the main factors of depression cases.

Another intellectual problems such as unexplainable loss of memory or the ability to concentrate; confusion and disorientation.

Physical problems such as loss of appetite or a noticeable increase in appetite; persistent fatigue and lethargy; insomnia or a noticeable increase in the amount of sleep needed; aches and pains, constipation, or other physical constipation, or other physical ailments that cannot be otherwise explained are commonly seen to all depressed people.


Most elderly people take many more prescription and over-the-counter medications than other age groups. Because metabolism is slower in the elderly, these substances can stay in the body longer and reach toxic levels more quickly.

Here are more several factors that play the role in onset depression.

Thru Biochemistry expirements - deficiencies in two chemicals in the brain, serotonin and norepinephrine, are thought to be responsible for certain symptoms of depression, including anxiety, irritability, and fatigue.

But in genetics depression can run in families. For example, if one identical twin has depression, the other twin has a 70% chance of also having the illness sometime in life.

Peoples with low self-esteem, who are easily overwhelmed by stress, or who are generally pessimistic appear to be vulnerable to depression.

Sometimes there are invironmental factors like continuous exposure to violence, neglect, abuse, or poverty may make people who are already susceptible to depression all the more vulnerable to the illness.

If you  observed or feel any of these symptoms of depression for more than two weeks, you should seek help and consult your doctor.

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