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By contactus@intelicarehs.com
April 07, 2017
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Depression.

Not a very fun topic to talk about. It's there though, and lots of people are suffering with it. Today is World Health Day, and the focus for this year is on the issue of depression. The WHO put out a good video I recommend that you watch, it can be found here. We can help those in our families that are depressed with a variety of ways. The first we should try is to talk about it. I found some good information from the Mayo Clinic on depression that I thought I would share with you here:

"Depression symptoms in older adults
Depression is not a normal part of growing older, and it should never be taken lightly. Unfortunately, depression often goes undiagnosed and untreated in older adults, and they may feel reluctant to seek help. Symptoms of depression may be different or less obvious in older adults, such as:
-Memory difficulties or personality changes
-Physical aches or pain
-Fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep problems, aches or loss of interest in sex — not caused by a medical condition or medication
-Often wanting to stay at home, rather than going out to socialize or doing new things
-Suicidal thinking or feelings, especially in older men

When to see a doctor
If you feel depressed, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as you can. If you're reluctant to seek treatment, talk to a friend or loved one, a health care professional, a faith leader, or someone else you trust.

When to get emergency help
If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

Also consider these options if you're having suicidal thoughts:
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Call your mental health specialist.
-Call a suicide hotline number — in the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Use that same number and press "1" to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.
-Seek help from your primary doctor or other health care provider.
-Reach out to a close friend or loved one.
-Contact a minister, spiritual leader or someone else in your faith community.

If a loved one or friend is in danger of attempting suicide or has made an attempt:
-Make sure someone stays with that person
-Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately
-Or, if you can do so safely, take the person to the nearest hospital emergency room"

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/basics/symptoms/con-20032977

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)