Everyone feels blue now and then. It is part of life. If you, however, no longer enjoy activities that you usually like you may have a more serious problem. Being depressed without any letup can change the way you think and feel. Doctors call this clinical depression. Feeling down over a long period of time is not the norm as you grow older. It is a more common problem than you may think and medical help may be needed. For most people depression will get better with treatment.
There are several reasons why depression in older people is often missed or untreated. As a person ages the signs of depression are more varied than at a younger age. Depression can appear as being tired or it can be seen as grumpiness or irritability. Confusion or attention problems caused by depression can sometimes look like Alzheimer’s or other brain disorders.
Some signs of depression may include an empty feeling or anxiety, tiredness or lack of energy, eating more or less than usual , aches and pains that do not go away when treated, and sleeping problems. Don’t ignore these signs as depression can be treated successfully.
Your doctor will discuss with you a variety of therapies as different therapies seem to work depending on the individual. Getting better takes time but with support from others and treatment you will get a little better each day.