Essays on Elderly Depression Term Paper
Elderly Depression Depression is one of the major psychological problems found among elderly people. “It has been estimated that perhaps somewhere between 10 and 30 percent depressives and manic depressives kill themselves” (Klein, & Wender, p.1). Unpleasant experiences or incidents may be the root cause of depression. These incidents may lead towards stress which will subsequently develop as depression. The failure to fulfill personal professional and social commitments can also lead towards depression. Moreover some chronic physical diseases can also cause depression. According to Chan et al (2010), as many as 38% of cancer patients suffer from major depression, with a mean of 24% and median of 22% (Chan et al, p.46). Gilbert (2009) has mentioned that too much and too little closeness can cause stress linked to depression (Gilbert, p.48). Some people keep strong intimacy towards their beloved ones and the loss of any of them cause depression to them. For example, many of the older people develop depression immediately after their partner departs. Chan et al (2010) have stressed the importance of social support in preventing depression. (Chan et al, p.46). Giving proper support to the depression patient is the only way to regulate the consequences of depression among elderly generation. Good advice or guidance at the right time can prevent or control depression. Miller & Reynolds (2002) have mentioned that “low thyroid hormone, vitamin 13 deficiency, chronic pain, stroke or Alzheimer’s diseases, stroke injuries, many types of cancers, heart or lung problems that interfere with maintaining an adequate supply of oxygen to brain etc can cause depression” (Miller & Reynolds, p.36-45).
To conclude, depression is a multifaceted disease which can occur among elderly population because of various physical and psychological reasons.
1. Chan Eric K. H., Limoges Kendice M,& Fung Tak S. 2010 “Functional Social Support
and Major Depression In Cancer Patients” Psychology Journal, 2010 ISSN: 1931-5694 Vol. 7, No. 2. www.psychologicalpublishing.com pp. 46-50
2. Gilbert, Paul. 2009. “Overcoming Depression: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive
Behavioral Techniques”. Publisher: Basic Books; 3rd edition (September 8, 2009)
3. Klein, Donald F.M.D & Wender, Paul M.D. 2005. “Understanding Depression: A
Complete Guide to its Diagnosis and Treatment”. Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; Revised edition (May 12, 2005)
4. Miller, Mark D M.D & Reynolds, Charles F, M.D. 2002. “Living Longer Depression
Free: A Family Guide to Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Depression in Later Life”. Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (September 23, 2002)