World 's Most Common And Costly Mental Illness

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Depression in the Elderly According to Charles Sophy, Medical Director for the County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, geriatric depression is not a normal part of aging. (2010-2015 Sharecare n.d.para1). Geriatric depression is the prolonged occurrence of depression in the elderly. Also considered a mental and emotional disorder, it is known to affect around 5 million elderly of all walks of life, 65 years or older. Feeling sad and having “blue” days is not uncommon, however, feeling this way for an extended period of time is considered atypical. Depression in itself is considered one of the world’s most common and costly mental illness (Williams,…show more content…
(Williams, 2011 para 5). Biological, social, and psychological factors all play a role in depression in the elderly. There are a multitude of complications which can contribute to geriatric depression. As people age, go through the circle of life so to speak, their general health declines and body systems begin to slow down. With that, the elderly may isolate themselves as they feel they no longer have a purpose, they no longer can contribute anything to society. (According to this writer secondary to many years of working experience working with the elderly). “Prevalence studies suggest that 14% to 20% of the elderly living in the community experience depressive symptoms, with higher rates among the elderly in hospital (12% to 45%) and even higher rates in long-term care facilities (an estimated 40%). [ Wiesse, B. (n.d.)]. Here is a scenario. Mr. and Mrs. Jones have been together for 60+ years. They own the home where they have raised their children who now have moved on, having families of their own. Mr. Jones has multiple ailments ranging from arthritis to heart issues and diabetes. He used to be the sole provider for the family and now has a difficult time getting around and helping Mrs. Jones with tasks of daily living such as cooking, cleaning and tending to the garden. Already he feels that he is not
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