Could undiagnosed depression be tarnishing the “Golden Years” you were hoping to enjoy as a senior citizen?
Even though your doctor might be an expert at diagnosing and treating physical conditions like heart disease, cancer, or diabetes, he or she could be missing signs that you are clinically depressed.
Depression is not your fault
Ten percent of Americans are diagnosed with this complex mood disorder at some point in their lives. In my practice, I find that many depressed women and men come in believing they caused their condition and they should be able to “snap out of it” on their own. I help them understand that depression is not their fault and that it cannot be wished away.
As researchers explore the causes of depression, they are focusing on the brain. People with severe depression appear to have variations in their brain structure. Brain chemicals called neurotransmitters also seem to play a role, affecting the circuits that stabilize our moods. Depression is more common in people whose blood relatives suffered with the condition.
There is no lab test or X-ray to diagnose depression, and it can appear without warning, affecting your mood, appetite, self-esteem, energy level, sexual desire, and more.
Risk factors for depression
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the risk of depression is greater if you:
- lose your life partner through death or divorce
- care for a loved one with a serious illness
- become disabled
- sleep poorly
- lack social contact
- use certain medications
- misuse alcohol or drugs
Other risk factors for the old include money worries, conflicts with your family members or friends, and physical, emotional, or financial abuse by someone who is supposed to love and protect you.
Even with the best treatment, depression will not disappear overnight. However, I have seen the relief my clients feel as soon as they learn that depression can be treated successfully. I invite you to take the first step toward healing by emailing or calling me to share your fears and frustrations. I will listen gently, ask you some questions and answer all of yours, then design your individual Positive Progress treatment plan. All along the way, I’ll be at your side, working with you to restore the shine to your Golden Years.
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