How to Deal with Depression among Adults

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Studies have shown that there are different patterns of the clinical and biological features of the depression among various older adults. Those whose depression first appeared in their later life are likelier to have chronic course of illness than those older adults whose depressions started way earlier in their lives. In fact, further studies have shown that depressions occurring in later parts of one’s life are closely associated with vascular changes in the brain.

Anti-Depressant Medications

Most specialists prescribe anti-depressant medications and short-term psychotherapies for more effective treatments for the later-life depressions. These antidepressants are known to influence the functions of the neurotransmitters in our brains. But those emerging modern medications on the other hand, mainly the SSRIs or the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, are generally more preferred, since they are said to have fewer and less severe side effects as compared to those of the older medications. Essentially though, both types of medications are effective in relieving the effects of depression but, as in most drugs, one may be more effective for one and less with another.  Patients simply respond differently to certain drugs.

Psychotherapy

Aside from the medication, studies have shown that there are certain types of short-term psychotherapy, such as that of cognitive-behavioral therapy are also effective treatments for later-life depression. Furthermore, only psychotherapy is said to be able to extend the periods of good health or periods of being free from depression. Using psychotherapy together with medications will surely guarantee a most effective weapon against older adult depression, and particularly as against its recurrence.

Currently, more studies and researches are being conducted towards further support on the effectiveness and long-term capacity of the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, and the particular types of psychotherapies. But aside from these studies, modern advances are being taken to discover a possible link of hormonal factors to the development and progress of depression as among older adults. Similarly, efforts are being geared towards the viability of hormone replacement therapy (estrogens or androgens) as yet another tool for treating later life depression among older adults.

Clearly findings in these studies will provide the needed data in the further understanding of the depression and the possible ways of treating it as early as possible and before any irrevocable consequences to the health and the life of the patient occurs.

Social Treatments

More than medical treatments and procedures, we should not forget that we can significantly help elders fight off depression by always being there for them and encouraging them to continue living. By constantly reassuring them that they are not alone and actually demonstrating the love, care, and concern for them, depressed elders will gradually develop new hope to live their life healthily and passionately.

The development of the studies seeking to illuminate the mysteries of this kind of depression is the hope of the numerous older adult victims. It is high time that it be addressed and it is timely that we pay attention to the dangers of depression and to not simply content ourselves that it is but a normal result of aging and instead look at it as what it really is, a clinical and biological condition, and a treatable one at that.

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