How to pay close attention to depression in the elderly
According to statistics, the proportion of elderly people over the age of 55 who suffer from depression can be as high as 10%-15%. Some of the patients have severe symptoms or even mild illness, so the mortality rate of elderly patients with depression can be as high as 30%.
銆€銆€Like young depression patients, elderly patients with depression have an unexplained and persistent depression for more than two weeks, and their feelings have plummeted until they fall to the bottom.
One of the most typical performances is that you can live, work, and your previous hobbies.
Gradually, elderly patients with depression may have more and more serious physical symptoms than younger patients, including: severe insomnia, old people who have a good sleep suddenly become difficult to sleep, although they fall asleep but wake up too early, or fall asleepAlso, I feel that I have not fallen asleep. At this time, taking anti-neurasthenia drugs often has no effect.
銆€銆€Constipation Old people with normal bowel movements will become difficult to defecate, severely closed for a week, accompanied by various digestive disorders, such as loss of appetite or even completely no diet, and some have abdominal distension, bad breath and other symptoms.
銆€銆€Cardiovascular abnormalities in elderly patients with depression often have elevated blood pressure, rapid heart rate or some symptoms of coronary heart disease.
銆€銆€Anonymous pain Some elderly patients with depression will have some headaches, heartache, low back pain, joint pain and other pain-based symptoms.
The patient’s painkillers did not help, but the pain of taking antidepressants would ease and disappear.
銆€銆€It is worth mentioning that the above mental and physical symptoms can be corrected, and the weight is light and heavy. Even in the same day, the weight can be different. Generally speaking, the morning is heavier and the night is lighter.
As the disease progresses, the mental disorder will become more and more obvious. The specific manifestations are: strong sense of loneliness and depression, memory, judgment, determination and learning ability are greatly reduced, crying, not wanting to see people, maybeThere are more and more intense suicide attempts and even the implementation of a suicide plan, which is likely to lead to disastrous consequences.
銆€銆€Most elderly patients with depression have an introverted personality. They do not love communication before the onset of illness. After the onset, they cannot get the understanding or misunderstanding of their family, colleagues or friends. They may not be able to overcome the shadow of depression and adversely recover.
Conversely, harmony, a warm family and a 鈥渃ommunication circle鈥?are themselves a good medicine to help patients survive the gray period of depression.
銆€銆€Considering that older women have depression as high as 25%, which is much higher than that of older men, experts reappear, and depression in older women is more important.
The reason why women are prone to depression is that the “extraordinary period” that affects hormone secretion in their lifetime is more than that of men.
Menopausal women, once suffering from menopausal syndrome, must have varying degrees of depressive symptoms.
If the science at that time, thorough treatment, often dragged into chronic depression and repeated attacks in old age, greatly affecting the quality of life in later life.
銆€銆€Countries have made a consensus on the study of the cause of depression: the root cause of depression is the imbalance of brain secretion in patients; although depression is a “difficult condition”, it is not a disease of incurable disease.
Depression, including internal depression, can also be effectively prevented.
銆€銆€At present, more than 10 kinds of new drugs with obvious curative effects are introduced to the market every year, and the symptoms of post-depression can be alleviated or eliminated.
In addition, drug treatment, such as supplementation with psychotherapy, tends to be better.
銆€銆€Experts say that geriatric depression is very easy to relapse, so the disappearance of symptoms does not mean the end of treatment.
Experts recommend that patients continue to take the drug for one year after the clinical symptoms have completely disappeared, and insist on regular follow-up.
In addition, participate in fitness, recreational activities, make more friends, try to make life in the old age rich and varied, and learn to solve troubles, but also play a positive role in preventing recurrence of symptoms.