When depression had been diagnosed, your doctor will devise a care regime, and may prescribe drug treatments and professional counselling.
People with depression often feel worthless, and need their confidence boosting and support. They may not bother to eat or take exercise, and try to avoid social occasions and meeting new people. The people closest to them – carers, friends and family – are often the target of their anger and frustration. It’s important not to retaliate or take any criticism personally.
When friends and family are unable to provide all the care needed, perhaps because they don’t live close by, or have other family commitments, a professional care worker can provide invaluable support.
Sympathetic and unquestioning support from somebody who is not a relative or personal friend can have a positive effect. Your care worker can be the friendly face who provides companionship and practical support with everyday challenges such as shopping and cleaning.
What is depression?
Clinical depression is not simply feeling low or sad for a few days. It is an illness which requires care and treatment. Depression can be a symptom or companion ailment to other debilitating diseases such as dementia, and often manifests itself in the elderly. It is most often triggered by emotional and psychological stress or trauma.
What are the signs and symptoms of depression?
Symptoms and effects of depression typically include some or all of the following:
- Persistent, long-term feelings of despair and pessimism.
- Loss of interest in favourite activities or hobbies.
- Mood swings, apathy, irritability, anxiety and loss of confidence.
- Tiredness and lack of energy and enthusiasm for life.
- Self-loathing, crying and suicidal feelings.
- Disturbed sleep patterns.
- Breakdown of friendships and family relationships.
Anyone who is concerned that they are showing symptoms of depression, should seek expert medical advice from their family doctor. Depending upon the type of depression diagnosed and the stage of its development, will determine what treatment and care routine are suitable.
If the depression has reached the stage where expert care at home is needed, please call us on 01306 710900 to talk through your requirements to see how we can help.