Depression refers to persistent, sad feelings. Sufferers feel helpless or hopeless.
- Have you lost interest in activities that used to bring you pleasure?
- Are you drinking alcohol more than usual in an attempt to feel better?
- Have your sleeping and eating patterns changed without your attempting to change them?
More than 2 million older adults experience depression. It may be associated with physical ailments or from other losses.
Few seniors view depression as a health problem. But it is. It results from a chemical imbalance in the brain – and it can be treated.
Depression can affect memory and the ability to care for oneself thereby robbing a person of independence.
Treatment is available, and it works.
If you suspect that you may be depressed, make a simple phone call to find out where to get help. Phone 2-1-1. Your call is confidential.
For information about depression on the Internet, select the link below:
Mental Health Resources
Anxiety disorders refer to illnesses associated with feeling frightened or distressed for no apparent reason. More than 19 million Americans suffer from these conditions. Conditions include:
- Panic disorder – suddenly feeling extremely fearful. Patients may experience chest pain or palpitations during a panic attack.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder – repeated thinking of unwanted thoughts or engaging in repeated behaviors
- Post-traumatic stress disorder – nightmares and flashbacks related to experiences during natural disasters, wars, physical injury, or or other disturbing events
- Social phobias – avoiding objects or situations due to an irrational fear
- General anxiety disorder – chronically worrying about everday events without the ability to turn off the worry
Treatment is available for an anxiety disorder.
If you suspect that you may have an anxiety disorder, make a simple phone call to find out where to get help. Phone 2-1-1. Your call is confidential.