If you find yourself over fifty and alone -- welcome to the club! We certainly hope that the reason you're here is because you made it a lifestyle choice. Sadly, that may not be the reason why some of you are here. If you're new to this whole thing, some of you might be suffering from a little depression. This doesn't mean that it is necessarily a psychiatric disorder. It's quite natural to feel this way after certain life events have transpired.
You may be feeling tired, hopeless, over eating or under eating, and you might even contemplate suicide. But let me assure, the great gift of freedom does not come without a price. You have to pay for the trip first. You might pay more if it's a longer trip. But like any trip -- it will end, in most cases.
According to a study by Punjab Medical College it says that 26% of men will experience depression from relationship difficulties while 54% of women will. That's over half!!
Late life depression can occur in people over 50 to 60 years in age. And according to Wikipedia it says:
The exact changes in brain chemistry and function that cause either late life or earlier-onset depression are unknown. It is known, however, that brain changes can be triggered by the stresses of certain life events such as illness, childbirth, death of a loved one, life transitions (such as retirement), interpersonal conflicts, or social isolation.Risk factors for depression in elderly persons include a history of depression, chronic medical illness, female sex, being single or divorced, brain disease, alcohol abuse, use of certain medications, and stressful life events.
Worse yet, sometimes this can develop into Major depressive disorder (MDD) (also known as clinical depression, major depression, unipolar depression, unipolar disorder or recurrent depression. Sadly, there is no laboratory test for major depression, although physicians generally request tests for physical conditions that may cause similar symptoms. MDD is often referred to as "The Black Dog". It's thought this term was a metaphor for the depression suffered by Winston Churchill. It just won't leave you alone.
Robert G. Kramer has written a book, Taming the Black Dog of Depression, (A Guide for Those Who Are Suffering and Their Families). He ays, " My personal story will focus on depression, and I promise it will inspire you and guide you if you are currently depressed. It will provide hope if you feel hopeless because I have been there and I have felt the pain and despair."
One of his reviewers of the book is Dorothy Varchol, MSN, MA, RN-BC, who has been employed as a nurse educator and has spent over 40 years in the Mental Health field. She says, "He gives practical advice about recovery strategies that have helped him use medications effectively and cope with problems and symptoms. His book is a great resource for learning how one goes about getting his or her needs met in the Mental Health System."
Robert's book is free for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion, so if you think you are a victim of your own Black Dog you might want to have a look at it. Click here to download it now.
I would also like to add, that a young friend of mine, Twyla Wilband, is a Community Correspondent for Partners for Mental Health, mental health advocate, and a person with living experience of mental illness. She is a Peer Support Specialist, who writes a weekly blog on the subject of mental illness titled, Inside the Looking Glass. If you are suffering from depression, you may find some help by reading about her experiences, and how she deals with it all.
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