Careful attention to depression in the elderly

Careful attention to depression in the elderly

According to statistics, the proportion of elderly people over the age of 55 who suffer from depression can be as high as 10%-15%. Some of the patients have severe symptoms and even suicide, so the death of elderly patients with depression can be as high as 30%.

  Like young depression patients, elderly patients with depression have an unexplained and persistent depression for more than two weeks, and their feelings have plummeted until they fall to the bottom.

One of the most typical Li Chunli is Wan Nian, who is re-living, not interested in work and previous hobbies.

Gradually, elderly depression patients may also have more and more serious physical symptoms than younger patients, including: severe insomnia.

Old people who have a good sleep will suddenly become difficult to sleep, but although they fall asleep but wake up too early, or fall asleep, they feel that they have not slept (the so-called “loss of sleep sensation”), at this time taking anti-neurastheniaDrugs often have no effect.


Old people with normal bowel movements will become difficult to defecate, severely closed for a week, and will be accompanied by various digestive disorders, such as loss of appetite or even completely no diet, and some abdominal distension, bad breath and other symptoms.

  Cardiovascular abnormalities.

Elderly people with depression often have elevated blood pressure, fast heart rate or some symptoms of coronary heart disease.

  Nameless pain: Some elderly people with depression have symptoms such as insomnia, constipation, palpitations and other physical symptoms, headache, heartache, low back pain, joint pain and other pain-based symptoms, and the patient is not sure.

The patient’s painkillers did not help, but the pain of taking antidepressants would ease and disappear.

  It is worth mentioning that the above mental symptoms and physical symptoms may occur, when the weight is heavy, and even in the same day, the weight of the head may be different. Generally speaking, the morning is heavier and the night is lighter.

With the development of the disease, especially the mental disorder will become more and more obvious, the specific performance is: strong sense of loneliness and depression, memory, judgment, determination and learning ability greatly reduced, love crying, do not want to see people (evenIt is a loved one, and there may be more and more intense suicide attempts and even the implementation of a suicide plan, which is likely to have disastrous consequences.

  Most elderly patients with depression are introverted. They do not love communication before the onset of illness. They cannot get the understanding or misunderstanding of family, colleagues and friends after the onset of illness, and may not overcome the shadow of depression and adversely recover.

Conversely, harmonious, warm family and “communication circle” itself is a good medicine, helping patients to spend gray depression.

  Considering that older women have depression as high as 25%, which is much higher than that of older men, experts reappear, and depression in older women is more important.

The reason why women are prone to depression is that the “extraordinary period” that affects hormone secretion in their lifetime is more than men’s, such as lactation, pregnancy, menopause and so on.

Menopausal women, once suffering from menopausal syndrome, must have varying degrees of depressive symptoms.

If it was declared science at the time, it would be thoroughly treated.

It is often dragged into chronic depression and recurrent in old age, which greatly affects the quality of life in later life.

  The consensus on the diagnosis and treatment of depression in various countries has reached the consensus that the root cause of depression is the imbalance of the brains of patients; depression is often a “difficult condition”, but it is not an incurable disease;Depression within depression can also be effective and so on.

  At present, more than 10 kinds of new drugs with obvious curative effects are introduced to the market every year. Generally, the symptoms of depression after the same week and week will be alleviated or eliminated.

In addition, drug treatment, such as supplementation with psychotherapy, tends to be better.

  Experts say that geriatric depression is very easy to relapse, so the disappearance of symptoms does not mean the end of treatment.

Experts recommend that patients continue to take the drug for one year after the clinical symptoms have completely disappeared, and insist on regular follow-up.

In addition, a lot of participation in fitness, recreational activities, make more friends, try to make the elderly life rich and diverse, and learn to solve the troubles, but also play a positive role in preventing recurrence.