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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