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Dealing with depression in a relaxed environment is much deeper part of the treatment then some may realize. Treatment center environments help create a calm and comfortable place to live for a while that also help the patient get better. Treatment centers are best to not be located somewhere in the middle of Manhattan with the busy streets and fast paced setting that can create anxiety just thinking about it. The relaxed aspects of it all is centered on the people and place that strive to help the patient get better.
A relaxed place is always the better aspect of the healing process. A lot of healing environments in treatment centers may include a quiet garden area. Here patients could go to find peace and tranquility during spells that may be happening. It’s soothing for the mind and body to know that there is a nearby place to find peace, rather than maybe at home where the triggers of the depression are located. Relaxed environments like this can help a patient be more open about themselves and being able to talk about their lives.
Certain types of flowers can even be planted. Chamomile, geraniums, and roses are a few of the types of flowers that may be grown in the garden areas. Chamomile already is used in certain massage oils that are used to relax the body. They even have been included in antidepressant therapy just from the scent. Similar to chamomile is geranium which has a calming scent that can be used for calming patients with depression and anxiety.
As well, roses aren’t just pretty things to be gawked at. They are great nasal pleasures with their soothing scent. Similar to the two formers, roses help tremendously in the healing process of depression.
Living quarters are very important too. Most treatment centers for depression can have good size rooms with comfortable beds and not too much color. Blue, violet, and pink are the top three colors that are known to be soothing for people who have them. Usually in a duller pigment, too bright can be unnerving, the synthetic look of the colors can be calming. Treatment centers in general must take all this into account from the beginning.
To work in a depression center one must be presentable and calming. Of course only experts in the medicinal field can work there, but it takes a certain demeanor. Most experts will have very calming personalities and able to sooth those when they may be having a moment of panic. They must also have a bit of control over situations. If things tend to get out of hand, such as in group therapy, it’s the moderator’s job to being everyone back to the point.
Other patients are also part of the healing process. The patients must work together in order to get better and they must be willing to listen and look out for each other. Most patients when put into such a calming place like this can feel better about helping others.
All the patients and doctors are there for one goal: recovery. Treatment centers as a whole have to take every aspect of the human life in consideration when building up a place like this. All the workers must be in their top game at all times. The lounge areas including the garden must constantly kept in great shape for the patients. It can’t be overwhelming but on the other hand must not be underwhelming. It should have a certain astatic that can start the treatment as soon as the patients being walking in the door. With more treatment centers that are like this, the more that can be healed.
Depression for the elderly usually lasts longer than it does for younger people. It’s often brought on from the patient already suffering from other illnesses as well. Elderly depression can be a devastating to thing to go through or see a loved one struggle through. The symptoms aren’t unlike that of depression for others and the treatment isn’t to far different as well. The signs for noticing elderly depression in others is pretty easy to spot when the causes are apparent.
Women have a higher tendency to develop depression in their later years, especially if they are single. Another trigger for depression is having been divorced or being widowed. Mass amounts of stress, possibly from medical problems later in life can bring depression about rather quickly. And a small social circle that keeps decreasing may also be a cause.
Today’s world for dealing with diseases, including depression, always seems to turn to drugs. New prescription drugs that help deal with depression are being approved nearly every day by the FDA. The elderly population usually has a few pills to be taken about once a day to help with certain factors in their body. That is why taking antidepressants at such a late age can be dangerous, the risk of it not agreeing with another medication.
On the whole antidepressants for the elderly can be just as effective. It’s the side effects that need to be taken into account, as they should with any other drug. A couple drugs that have been used to subside depressants for a while include amitriptyline and imipramine. However, these two drugs have been known to cause feelings of drowsiness which can lead to full sedations. Also the drugs can cause mass amounts of confusion which can lead to the patient trying to walk about. A severe drop in blood pressure has been known to happen and upon standing up the patient crumbles to the floor, resulting in bad injuries.
Treatment for older people takes longer in general, this why small doses of antidepressants are prescribed at first. The body of elder is far weaker and with all the other medicines they may be taking, antidepressants can be harmful possibly deadly for them. On the other hand there are better ways to seek treatment for the elderly population who suffer from depression.
When deciding which route to go with the healing process for the elderly it’s always better to consider family support over the drug route. While antidepressants can be helpful, they can also act as a numbing tool towards the pain rather than exterminating with it. In the long run it is harder for the elderly to get over their depression so late in life.
Elderly with moderate symptoms have benefitted much more from psychotherapy rather than antidepressants. If they are just dealing with the loss of friends or family, it can be easier for them to cope with. This is true especially if other family members are involved. Like most psychotherapy, it can help the elderly actually converse about what they are feeling. This is useful in getting all the info out there they need to and the therapist and rest can begin to see why they are depressed. It can be a long process but it’s a much healthier and safer route to go. The elders can feel they are in a safe environment and that there are people there who want to help them get better and be around for a long time.
It’s hard for anyone to have to suffer from the dreaded disease depression. But, for the elderly it is significantly harder. To not be so morbid, but the end of one’s life should be filled with rejoice and fond memories. For it to be nothing but sadness and possibly regret is dreadful. The symptoms for young people with depression doesn’t differ much from those at a much older age who are going through the same thing. The affect it can have on someone at an elderly age is much more detrimental.
The causes that can bring on elderly depression are very small in numbers but the impact they can have will destroy lives. Such depression may have been suppressed for a long time and at an older age being to surface with a vengeance. Traumatic life experiences can occur. This can be caused from fighting in a war many years ago. The mind at the time could have healed itself by blocking out those images for a long time. As the mind starts to age certain memories can surface that weren’t there before. Or even abuse from another family member either in the past or current. It’s hard to take care of an elderly person at times, and the caretaker may take their frustration on the person themselves.
A lot of elderly people can still be up and moving about very late into their life. For those that lose that over the course of many years may begin to feel depressed from it. Unable to do simple tasks that were taken for granted before can be terrible for a person’s mood. This can lead to mood swings and getting frustrated at the most simplest of tasks.
When people get older, many people they knew throughout their life have started to pass on. This can bring on feelings of loneliness and isolation. As well with so many people dying around them they being to face their own mortality. Knowing that the time has come to die may inhibit them from enjoying the things they did before.
After living a good life at a good job hopefully, the time comes to retire. The feeling of being wanted is a part of having a career. Once that adventure comes to a close, it’s difficult for some elderly to find other things to occupy their time. Not feeling wanted can be heartbreaking for them. Retirement can come financial troubles in the long run. Saving up for retirement is something to be worked at an entire life. Having money problems after someone has lost the ability to work a steady job can be stressful. With no money coming in and it only going out, eventually they may have to reach out to friends or family for support.
Divorce at the tail end of a life can be devastating. Loving someone over a lifetime, only to have it crashing down in the end. Even so, being widowed later in life can bring on depression rapidly. Many elderly, after losing their wife and husband after decades together, lose the will to live. They will stop eating and taking care of themselves.
Elderly depression is a real thing that should be taken into account with other forms of depression. It’s also much more difficult to get over, which is why many can’t recover at this point in their lives.