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DEPRESSION

Depression

Depression is the most common mental health challenge in older people, and is a very common challenge faced by people of all ages too. This can develop due to lots of reasons regardless of age; such as, loss of a loved one or friend, changes in surroundings, physical disabilities, money, relationships, family and many other reasons.

Older adults can present with the same symptoms as younger adults: Core symptoms (low mood, reduced enjoyment, lack of energy), psychological symptoms (low self-esteem, hopelessness/guilt, suicidal thoughts), and biological symptoms (reduced appetite, weight loss, feeling lower in morning, early wakening, reduced sleep, poor concentration, agitation or slowness).

*Some information gathered from www.nhs.uk and www.ageuk.org.uk/.

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