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Elderly Problems: How to Beat Depression

Elderly Problems: How to Beat Depression

Elderly Problems: Beating Depression

Elderly Problems: Beating Depression

Psychological Articles on Elderly Problems

By Boomeryearbook.com

Depression is one of the most common elderly problems that can hit anyone at any time for any reason, but has become a major, and oftentimes misdiagnosed elderly problem. . Mostly people with a pessimistic approach towards life are prone to it. However, genetic make up, organic illnesses, negative life events such as losses and loneliness, hormonal changes, stress, as well as unhealthy environmental factors can all be contributing factors to this elderly problems.

Psychological articles tell us that depression can lead to a collection of physical and psychological complications and when possible, should be prevented through early intervention. Psychological articles inform us that in some cases, it is possible to ward off depression without medical intervention. It is suggested to avoid caffeine and stressful activities, have a positive attitude towards whatever happens in your life, keep an optimistic outlook, use advanced planning to keep your mind healthy and creative, don’t allow yourself to dwell over past losses, and that maintaining healthy sleeping habits can help guard against this potentially devastating elderly problems.

Psychological articles have confirmed that certain vitamins and mineral deficiencies can lead to depression. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to have a balanced diet, supplemented with regular exercise, along with enjoying a sport or hobby to ward off and help treat minor depressive elderly problems. Additionally, it is important for all of us to have a sense of belonging, and imperative that aging baby boomers prevent isolation by belonging to a community or group. And a reminder! Excessive alcohol consumption can also cause depression. Aging baby boomers and seniors need to keep alcohol intake balanced.

Another tip to beat depression is to keep stress levels down by utilizing techniques such as time management, meditation and biofeedback training, and by keeping company with positive people who have a healthy attitude towards life. Indulging in something that brings happiness and fun also helps fight this elderly problems, and keeping close to nature and spiritual faith have been shown to be wonderful combatants to both ward off depression as well as treat minor depressive occurrences.

An elderly problems like depression can also be beaten with something as simple, easy, and natural as laughter. So laugh, smile, and have fun. On the other hand, however, suppressing tears when you feel miserable has also been stated to trigger depression. Therefore, when appropriate, shed some tears and allow yourself an outlet to ease a burden, build some self-esteem, and feel emotionally lighter.

However a warning! Extreme bouts of depression need medical help so please avail yourself of professional counseling.

Alternative Treatments: Herbal Treatments for Depression

There are three commonly used herbal anti-depressants: St. John’s Wort, Gingko Biloba and Siberian Ginseng. Out of these St. John’s Wort is widely accepted by Eastern and folk medicines. These remedies cost less than other generally prescribed mediations and have comparatively fewer side effects.

Drug Depression Treatments

There are four main types of depression medications.

i. Tricyclics Antidepressants (TCAs)
ii. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
iii. Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)
iv. Serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)

The drugs under these categories should only be taken when advised by a psychiatrist or licensed health care professional. For people suffering from a milder form of depression herbal treatments such as St. John’s Wort are recognized as safe, and additional information can be found on www.beatdepression.org

This Psychological Article on How to Beat Depression is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of psychological articles on Elderly Problems. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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