By Ashlyn Byrd

Older adults in America have an increased risk of developing depression, but it an important fact that depression has nothing to do with the normal aging process. Older adults who are likely to develop depression usually have one or more chronic conditions. If you have a chronic condition, it really affects your life and the activities you can participate in. When you have multiple, this really takes a heavy toll on your social life, friendships, and hobbies. Once you take away someone’s “normal” life, feelings of helplessness and sadness begin to set in. Many individuals develop depression as a result of not being able to function normally and participate in the hobbies they love to do.

Watch for these signs if you think you or a loved one has depression:

  • Feelings of hopelessness and negativity
  • Irritability
  • Decreased interest in hobbies and activities
  • Excessive sleeping or insomnia
  • Noticeable Weight Loss or Weight Gain
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Fatigue

If you or a loved one is exhibiting these signs, please contact a doctor or therapist. Depression can be helped and you do not need to go through these feelings alone.