Growing Old Can Cause Depression
Perhaps, you have never given much thought to this clinical challenge, but getting older can be a major cause of depression for some people. I am witnessing this type of depression frequently.
You should be aware of life changes that occurred in your parents who enjoyed a full, active social life and could take care of themselves, but now have to depend on someone for assistance, have lost close friends, and have experienced a significant decline in health.
The symptoms are often not easy to detect, but changes in behavior are prevalent. Decreased appetite, fatigue, withdrawal from family, and the loss of the desire to live are common.
It must also be recognized that early depression can be a symptom of cancer. The symptoms are identical to clinical depression, but may be harder to ascertain.
A family physician or mental health care professional are the best people to consult for this type of depression.
Your opinion matters.
Thaddeus J. Bell, MD
I am Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.
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