Do you have a senior loved one at home? Chances are, you have also heard the term geriatric to refer to anything related to their health.
That said, owing to the stigma of depression as a whole, you may not be familiar with the term geriatric depression.
But as any provider of therapy and counseling for seniors would know, being well-versed in this type of depression is important, considering how this affects our senior loved one’s overall quality of life as they navigate their golden years.
In line with this, let us at A & B Counseling Services LLC list down the basics of geriatric depression you must know about. Take a look below.
Geriatric depression refers to the type of depression that affects older adults. It usually doesn’t fit the criteria for major depression, but it can eventually lead there.
Among the contributory factors that lead to it include biological, social, and psychological factors such as a family history of depression, traumatic life events, and low levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, and other neurotransmitters in the brain.
Geriatric depression usually presents as and can be identified through marked changes in appetite, sleep issues, irritability, physical aches and pains, and withdrawal, among other symptoms.
All these said, each case of depression will be different than the next, which is why it is important to get screened immediately to rule out other conditions with similar presentations.
Getting screened through their Medicare Benefit in Texas also means finding problems early on when they’re easier to treat.
We also accept Medicare Benefit in Florida for your convenience.
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