DEPRESSION AND DEMENTIA

This Help Sheet looks at depression in people with dementia, how to recognise it, and importantly, ways in which it may be treated.

What is depression? While depression is usually described as feelings of extreme sadness, it is more than this − it is a serious illness that needs treatment. It describes both a mood and a syndrome. A depressed mood may be: • A normal reaction to an event such as the death of a loved one • A symptom of another disorder such as hypothyroidism • Part of a syndrome of depressive disorder such as major depression A syndrome is a collection of several symptoms. A depressive syndrome, will usually consist of depressed mood or loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities together with other symptoms, such as: • Lack of energy • Inability to sleep or sleeping too much • Changes to appetite • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness Depression is not a normal part of ageing. Depression and dementia Depression is very common among people with dementia. Depressive symptoms have been reported to occur in approximately 40-50% of people with Alzheimer’s disease. People in long-term residential.    read more….

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About yvonnec23

Business Owner of Special Care Clothing Solutions. I design and retail clothing for people with limited mobility or disability. Founder and Chairperson for SpecialCare Central Inc. which is an information portal Linking People with Disability, Aged Care Citizens and Carers and Families to Service Providers. Secretary at Older People Speak Out, an advocacy group for Seniors rights.
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