Depression and suicide are two causes of death that are increasing in prevalence for all age groups. They are also on the rise in a specific age group, that of older adults. The theory behind this finding that older adults are becoming more and more depressed and committing suicide at a greater rate than ever before is due to their failing physical and mental health. The purpose of this paper is to expand upon and prove this theory by gathering statistics about suicide in older adults, and by obtaining the information of scholarly sources by summarizing their views as it relates to the above mentioned theory. Official suicide statistics identify older adults as a high-risk group (Mireault & Deman, 1996).
The symptoms can cause more severe symptoms if ignored or untreated. Some caregivers may use denial or avoiding to push the emotions away. (Alzheimer 's Foundation of America - What is Dementia, 2016) Depression is commonly seen in caregivers of Dementia clients. Depression is able to break the spirit of coping with the anxiety and stress that comes from caregiving. There is a link between that greater levels of caregiver burden and depression.
Two of the main types are clinical depression and dysthymia. Clinical depression (also known as major depression) is known to be the most common and most severe form of depression. It is defined by having constant feelings of sadness, hopeless, and worthlessness that do not go away on their own. Clinical depression is a serious clinical mood disorder that interferes with a person’s everyday life for weeks to months at a time. As mentioned before this form of depression is linked to chemical changes in the brain and everyday life stressors.
This was because Mrs Smith had also been reporting that she had missed her mother greatly and was also being ambivalent towards her family members; they were finding it difficult to cope with her as she constantly moaned and complained which the family thought she was being ungrateful towards them. The patient was also referred to other members of the NHS Team such as the psychologists and mental health team. She was receiving Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) from the psychologists because patient had reported seeing her dead mother in her sleep and she was also scared of sleeping at night thus having sleepless nights because she thought that if she sleeps she will die in her sleep. It was also planned that when Mrs Smith was discharged to go home, she would have the mental health team to follow her up to see her prognosis and ensure that she was fitting well into the social life at home as well as psychologically. According to (Given, 2005, cited in, Fulcher et al, 2007 pg.
Depression in nursing homes has been recognized as especially problematic states Ames, (1994). Depression is not a normal consequence of aging, and it is known to be under-recognized and under-treated, especially in hospitals, outpatient settings, and nursing homes. (Patry, 2004). Problem Background Older people entering long-term care facilities face major adjustment challenges and are particularly vulnerable to mental health problems (Murphy, 1982; Mikhail, 1992; Manion & Rantz, 1995). Newly admitted residents in long-term care facilities are particularly vulnerable to depression and the early recognition and treatment of depression is therefore crucial around the time of admission to a home.
In order to completely understand the illness of depression, people should understand what the disease is, what factors cause the disease, and the how disease is treated. “Feelings of hopelessness, sadness, or discouragement occasionally tug at us all” (Kim 13), but those feelings eventually fade away. Th... ... middle of paper ... ... therapists a depression patient decides to see, the first step in getting help “ is to find a suitable therapist to guide the patient through the process” (Kim 87) of recovery. In conclusion, depression is a psychological “condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal” (Webster 311). Depression affects people both mentally and physically (Kim 14).
Moreover, living with poor health is also considered as the probable cause of increased loneliness. Poor health includes mental as well as physical health. Age-related diseases like loss of autonomy, fear of falling, incontinence are also recognized as causes for loneliness. Prevalence of Isolation and loneliness are higher in older adults with chronic conditions. Insufficient health care services or having limited access to these services have also been recognized as factors for elder people to become isolated or lonely (Bekhet, & Zauszniewski, 2012)
Approximately eighteen point million American adults or about nine point five percent of the U.S population age eighteen and older has depression. To break this down a bit more, twelve point four million woman and six point four men in the U.S are affected by depression. Depression is a very broad illness that many people are dealing with today. There are many different types and ways of dealing with depression, and helping others through it. When depressed, people lose all interest in group activities, and stay at home and mope around (Do, Jan 19th, 2011).when living with, or even being best friends with someone who is depressed it can be hard to handle and at times overwhelming.
Loneliness specifically due to lack of emotional support and lack of companionship gives a rise to this problem. Clinical research showed that individuals who had fewer social connections often have a worse prognosis than those who have more. (Sorkin, Rook PH.D., & Lu, 2002) When the heart is affected by loneliness it seems to have a direct link to heart problems in the physical body. According to Susan Womack, in her article “Elderly People living ‘lonely lives’,” she tells of how a survey was completed by a group named Help the Aged who took a close look at the conditions of the elderly individuals in Britain. The results were staggering.
In the story, the woman was being controlled by her husband John. John was a doctor and he was educated enough to tell his wife what she needed to do for her sickness; however, she could not argue with her husband because she was not smart enough to reject his decision. Since the sickness has made this woman become a weak person, she also couldn’t fight against her husband in physical ways. The time period of this story was nearly 1800, so the woman in the story must have the idea of male domination. This traditional idea has made this woman afraid to stand up for herself.