Unfortunately, the holiday season isn’t a happy time for everyone. In fact, the low light of fall and winter can bring on a type of clinical depression known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Oftentimes, SAD is dismissed as the “winter blues.” Seniors may also be experiencing depression this time of year as they remember happy past holidays spent with loved ones who have since passed away.
When gathering together with the family during the holidays, be on the lookout for these common signs of depression:
- Extreme fatigue or sluggishness
- Lack of interest in normally pleasurable activities
- Increased appetite, overeating
- Suicidal thoughts during more severe episodes
If you do notice signs of clinical depression, consult the senior’s physician for proper treatment, encourage your senior loved one to exercise to boost his or her mood, or attend counseling with him or her. Home care agencies, like Partners in HealthCare of Orlando, FL, can provide helpful services to combat depression and SAD. Contact us today at 888-668-9393 to find out more.