Mood swings and depression
Did you know that one elderly person out of five in nursing homes is suffering from major depression. These depressions are mostly chronic. Due to the fact that the general population is getting older, there is a considerable increase in the number of cases. One does not really know the causes of such a disease. Some claim that depression is due to the fact that elderly people in the Western world are more and more isolated and left alone by their families. Others claim that the increased number of organic and neurological sicknesses could play an important role.
A recent study concluded that an elderly person suffering from depression would cost twice as much as a non-depressed elderly person to the Healthcare system. Indeed, mental depression may amplify the physical symptoms such as pain and mobility for instance. Patients recover less fast with mental depression which incur further costs to families or the persons in charge of the patients.
If the devastating effects of mental depression are clear and obvious, it seems more difficult to understand the consequence of mood swings. This might be due to the fact that unconsciously everyone think that growing old implies a lot of difficult moments such as losing a spouse or the loss of mobility. Thus unconsciously in most people’s mind, elderly people are less prone to have happy lives.
However, mood swings or an increased volatility in an elderly person’s emotions could be a sign of other complications such as the early stages of dementia. If you are close to an elderly person and you notice such changes you should get in touch with that person’s doctor. About 15% of elders suffer from constant feeling of sadness in America and 15% of the persons are discharged from the hospital suffer from depressive symptoms. For more information : http://www.aplaceformom.com/senior-care-resources/articles/elderly-depression
When this occurs, it is important to act fast and take action. There are ways to stop the negative spiral by seeking proper medical attention without delay.