Elderly depression can not be ignored
The elderly are older, their spirits and physical strength are not as good as before, and they often have the feeling of aging. Coupled with retirement, widowhood and other changes in life and economic conditions, some will have symptoms such as depression, pessimism and even life.
People mistake this for “thought problems” or “narrow minds”, and do not think that they are morbid, delay treatment, and cause hatred.
This is particularly worthy of recognition among the elderly.
People with depression have certain symptoms, some have fewer symptoms, some have more symptoms, and the severity of symptoms varies from person to person.
Usually, the symptoms of depression mainly include the following manifestations: △ persistent grief, anxiety, or mental “emptiness”.
△ pessimistic disappointment.
△ guilt, loss of value and lack of help.
△ Lost interest in hobbies and activities that have been studied in the past.
Or can’t have fun, including sexual activity.
△ decreased appetite or weight loss, or excessive weight gain.
△ Insufficient strength, easy to fatigue, and become “lazy.”
△I think of death, there are suicidal thoughts and plans.
△ irritability and irritability.
△ It is difficult to concentrate, memory is diminished, and it is difficult to make judgments and decisions about things.
△ persistent, ineffective physical symptoms such as headache, digestive disorders and chronic pain.
Prevention and treatment First, psychotherapy: depression in the elderly is caused by mental factors. At the same time, psychological counseling is very important. For the elderly who have depression, they should communicate with them more and more, so that they become lonely and reIntegrate into society and create a good environment for their lives.
The second is physical therapy: physical exercise can give people a feeling of their own master, which is beneficial to overcome the loneliness of depressed patients, but exercise must have a certain intensity, duration and frequency to achieve results.
Walking is an effective method. Experts recommend that the elderly walk 1,500 meters a day and strive to finish in 15 minutes.
Later, gradually increase the distance until 4,000 meters in 45 minutes, which has a certain effect on senile depression.
However, when you start exercising, you must get the doctor’s consent.
The third is nutritional therapy: the vitamins and amino acids contained in food have an important impact on the human spirit.
Therefore, it is recommended that elderly patients with depression eat more vitamin-rich foods, such as coarse grains, fish, etc., if necessary, allow patients to take a certain dose of multivitamin B.
In addition, it can also be combined with music therapy.
Of course, if the illness is serious, you should go to a mental hospital immediately.
Don’t blame the depressed person for being sick or lazy, or ask him to cheer up immediately.
Remember, to make patients clear their concerns and let them know that giving time for treatment and help can cure depression.