As we get older our lifestyle changes, this could be down to a loss of a loved one or a physical setback, but this is a process everyone goes through, and for some people this can affect their mental well-being. Some of the symptoms are;
- A sad or depressed mood lasting longer than 2 weeks
- Loss of interest in socialising and hobbies.
- Unexplained fatigue, energy loss or change in sleeping pattern.
- Confusion or problems concentrating.
- Increase or decrease in appetite.
- Memory loss and a general feeling of hopelessness.
- Change in appearance or problems maintaining the home or garden.
Depression in the elderly is an undertreated condition which is difficult to diagnose and sometimes misdiagnosed as dementia and vice versa.
Some tips for staying in control of mental illness include;
-Staying healthy: This can include regular physical exercise which has been proven to boost your mood and can benefit you physically and mentally, getting enough sleep and maintaining a healthy diet as it will provide you with the energy and nutrients you need.
-Socialising: By reaching out to people you are building a support network and friendships which can help you combat the feeling of loneliness. Ways in which you can do this is by joining a club that is to do with an interest or hobby as this will enable you to engage with like-minded people, also volunteering is an option as it will provide you with the sense of belonging.