Mood Disorders and Depression Needn’t Be A Part Of Aging
However, before we are able to treat mood disorders, we must first be able to recognize the symptoms.
At The Grand Healthcare System, we offer extensive training and in-services for our nurses and staff, to be able to effectively recognize the nuances and symptoms of depression and other mood disorders as early as possible, so that they can effectively treat the symptoms at the source before they mushroom.
We hope this list of symptoms will offer helpful insight into recognizing the signs that your loved one may be suffering from a mood disorder.
Symptoms of mood disorders include:
- Sustained sadness or unexplained crying spells
- Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety
- Pessimism, indifference, apathy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
- Changes in appetite and sleep patterns
- Loss of energy, lethargy
- Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
- Inability to take pleasure in former interests or hobbies
- Social withdrawal
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Mood swings
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide.
Symptoms of anxiety disorders include:
- Persistent or intense fear or worry
- Feelings of nervousness, apprehension or dread
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling tense, “jumpy” or on edge
- Physical symptoms of anxiety include fast/pounding heartbeat, sweating, shortness of breath, shaking/tremors/twitches, muscle tension, headaches, upset stomach, dizziness, frequent need to urinate, diarrhea, fatigue.
Dementia vs. Depression in seniors
I found this great graphic online to help distinguish between Depression and Dementia: