Types of Depression
Types of Depression
Study: Physicians' Empathy Can Ease Caregivers' Depression
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Without doctors' intervention, CareGivers to
patients with a lot of physical needs were significantly more
likely to be depressed, forced to take out loans to pay for
health costs and deal with patients considering euthanasia or
Empathy Can Ease Caregivers' Depression
Mild (the blues) is most common type. Usually brief, doesn't interfere with
normal activities. Significant events such as holidays, anniversaries, a new
job, a move, as well as boredom and frustration can produce a "down" mood.
Treatment usually not needed,and a change of situation, pace, etc. will
usually brighten a "blue" mood.
Moderate (feeling hopeless) has similar symptoms but more intense and longer
lasting. An unhappy event such as loss of a loved one,career setback, etc. is
usually the cause. Daily activities are harder to cope with, but usually still
possible. Suicide may be a danger--may seem like the only "solution" as pain
increases. Professional help may be necessary.
Severe (separation from reality) Loss of interest in outside world, and serious prolonged behavior changes are characteristic.
Deep inner imbalances are usually the cause. Sometimes another disorder such
as schizophrenia, alcoholism, or drug addiction may be related to depression.
Physical symptoms become obvious. Person may suffer delusions that his/her body
is changing. Professional treatment is necessary.
SYMPTOMS of DEPRESSION:
Changes in behavior and attitude
General slowing down, neglect of responsibilities, and appearance, loss
of appetite, agitation, pointless over-activity
Poor memory, inability to concentrate
Irritability, complaints about matters that used to be taken in stride
Different feelings and perceptions
Emotional flatness or emptiness, inability to find pleasure in anything,
Loss of sexual desire, of warm feelings for family and friends
Exaggerated self-blame, guilt or loss of self-esteem, sometimes leading to
suicidal thoughts or actions
Physical complaints with no organic cause
Sleep disturbances such as early morning wakefulness, sleeping too much,
Chronic fatigue, lack of energy
Unexplained headaches, backaches, etc
Digestive upsets, stomach pain, nausea, indigestion, changes in bowel
A broad range may be experienced, including these:
Everyone experiences some or all of these symptoms at some time...but when symptoms are SEVERE and LASTING, so that pain and problems outweigh pleasure
much of the time, it's time to get professional help. Depression can be
triggered by many illnesses that affect older people such as cancer, arthritis,
Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's
If you know a CareGiver that is depressed, click here to seek guidance on CareGiver depression.
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