In the older adult, there are many variables that can contribute to clinical depression, or that may manifest as depression but truly may not be clinical depression. Life transitions; loss of loved ones; loss of independence and loss of careers; medical problems and prescribed medications are all potential complicating factors to consider prior to concluding that you may be clinically depressed. This presentation discusses symptoms of clinical depression versus a grief reaction, as well as how medical problems and medications may trigger symptoms of depression, or render you vulnerable to depression. Psychological and biological theories of depression are discussed, as well as suicide risk, evidence-based treatment for depression, and concrete tips for what you can do now to help someone you love who may be struggling with depression.
Disclaimer: This presentation was provided to an Independent Living Community in Southern Ocean County, New Jersey; therefore, local resources provided in this presentation are only consistent with the resources provided in this specific community. If you or someone you know may be suffering from depression and/or suicidal thoughts, you should seek immediate treatment by going to your local emergency room or by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. This presentation is not authorized for use or replication by any entity or individual without receiving explicit permission from Danielle Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW. This presentation is not to be used in lieu of treatment for depression or any other mental health symptoms or problems. This video is for informational purposes only.