Late Adulthood and Depression

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1568 words
1568 words

Late Adulthood and Depression Late adulthood should be a time in a person's life where they feel fulfilled. They can look back on their memories and be happy with the way they have lived their life. Now, too many elderly people are not satisfied and look at this stage as depressing. Most fear death of either a loved one or for themselves. This topic is interesting to me because elderly people should make the best of their last stage of life. This topic discusses about getting older, the life changes that they go through physically, emotionally, and mentally. We should know more about it so that we can help our family and friends get through one of the best, yet toughest part of our mortal life. Depression is defined as "a state of despondency marked by feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness" (Coon, 2001). Some people can mix up depression with just having the blues because of a couple of bad days or even weeks. It is already said that depression affects about one sixth of the population or more (Doris, Ebmeier, Shajahan, 1999). Depression can happen in any age range from birth to death. The cause of depression is still obscure and becoming clear that a number of diverse factors are likely to be implicated, both genetic and environmental. Some causes are leading stressful lives, genetic factors, a previous depressive episode, and the personality trait neuroticism (Doris, et al., 1999). There are many common symptoms in which everybody looks for which is unhappiness and disappointment. Symptoms that are different, pervasive, or interfere with normal function are considered to be pathological. Some symptoms include loss of pleasure in almost all activities, loss of reactivity to usually pleasurable stim... ... middle of paper ... ...ournal of Physical Eduction, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD) "Active Seniors Less Susceptible to Depression" January 2001 Vol 72 i1 p.9 The Lancet "Depressive Illness" by Alan Doris, Klaus Ebmeier, Polash Shajahan October 16, 1999 Vol 354 p 1369 American Family Physician "Does Conjugal Loss Cause Depression in the Elderly?" by Karl E. Miller March 15, 2000 Vol 16 p.1852 The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) "Recognizing and Treating Depression in the Elderly" by M.J. Friedrich Vol 282 No. 13 October 16, 1999 Modern Maturity "Face the Music and Dance" by Mark Matousek Inverview with Psychologist James Hillman Nov/Dec 1999 issue Geriatrics "Late-life depression: treatment strategies for primary care practice" by Robert N. Butler, Gene Cohen, Myrna I. Lewis, Wanda Simmons-Clemmons, and Trey Sunderland April 1997 Vol 52 No 4 pg 51

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  • Explains that serotonin reuptake inhibitors and tricyclic antidepressants are the main drugs used today.
  • Opines that depression is a serious disease that cannot be taken lightly. people should try to prevent death as much as they can.
  • Opines that elderly people should make the best of their last stage of life. depression is defined as a state of despondency marked by feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness.
  • Explains that men have a harder time adjusting to changes, while women are more apt to have chronic, debilitating conditions, such as arthritis.
  • Explains that sedentary living is only one of many possible causes for negative emotional states, but physical activity can play a significant role in reversing them.
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