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Depression in Seniors & the Elderly

My Elderly and Her Struggle with Depression

Depression has been a part of our family for as long as I can remember. My mother told us her grandmother was locked away in an asylum, considered to suffer from her nerves!!! That's how it was treated back then; it was an embarrassment and nobody wanted to have that association with their family. When I heard of things my grandmother did I genuinely thought she could have been manic depressive.

To this day I believe my mother is too, on a mild level, but she has never been officially diagnosed with it. Today back in Ireland people get 15 minutes with their doctors and more or less self diagnosed then given medication. There is very little follow up and everyone just hopes it works.

Coping with Depression

Growing up with my mother’s mood swings were incredibly difficult, you never knew what you were coming home to. Some days the house was full of laughter, music and utter bliss. Other days you dared not make a sound. My mother would be in bed in a very dark place, no noise, just an empty shell of a house without her. She just wasn’t there with us on any level. We learned to accept but not understand it, and quite frankly neither did she!! A few trips to the hospital for complete rest were frightening for us. We didn’t know if she was ever coming home and we were not allowed to visit.

As she got older, and went through many operations, menopause and the likes, things improved due to more knowledge about depression and how to treat it. Thankfully life has been easier for her emotionally. She still goes to that dark place for weeks at a time, but she knows she will pull out of it eventually. All I can say is have compassion for people with depression.

You may never have been around it or understand it, and it can be terrifying to deal with. It can be debilitating, affecting everyone close to the person dealing with it. It’s part of life for more people than you know, but it is also treatable and you can get the help you need in understanding it. If you would like more information on depression and how to take care of your loves ones, give us a call.

-Sash Nagle
Owner, Irish Help At Home

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