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Red Flags to Recognizing Depression

Here are some red flags to recognizing depression in older adults

  • Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness

  • Feeling of sadness or of despair

  • Unsolved or exacerbated aches and pains

  • Loss of appetite and/or weight loss

  • Lack of interest in socializing or engaging in hobbies that you use to enjoy

  • Lack of motivation and low energy level

  • Sleep difficulties which may include difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, oversleeping, or fatigue

  • Decrease of self-worth (worries about being a burden, feelings of s or self-loathing)

  • Slowed movement or speech

  • Increased use of substances such as alcohol or other drugs

  • Thoughts of suicide of fixation on death

  • Memory problems

  • Neglecting self care such as personal hygiene, not taking medication

If you need someone to talk to about your depression feel free to contact me to book an appointment with me.


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