Depression symptoms in elderly

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Avatar m tn I agree with you about finding the right medication and having a positive attitude but when you say "get off your big wally and do something about it." That is easier said than done. Sometimes in deep depression it is not a question of mind over matter or even will. I know. I have finally come out of a very severe, deep depression. Lying in bed was what I did for the longest time but it was not my choice. My daughter would take me to the mall and I did not have the energy to walk.
Avatar n tn 5-5.0. I also understand that thyroid conditions are often missed in elderly women and should be considered when there are issues like memory loss, depression, and fatigue. My mother is having these problems and her TSH level has ranged from right above 3 to 4.5 over the past six months. I am told by family doctors that these values are within normal range and the thyroid is not an isssue. Is there a new standard for treatment of thyroid?
Avatar n tn they were giving her a 500 tab every 4 hours whether she need it or not,,, the physical therepy she was recieving was rigorous and she was in alot of pain, but none the less,,, when i saw the side effects she was having enough was enough...the therapist in Pt agreed the symptoms she was haviing were from the vicodin....I took her home this Saturday...and she had her last vicodin on saturday..she had taken only one per day her remaining 2 days that the rehab....
Avatar f tn I've been in a dark corner lately what are symptoms you have/get from depression??
Avatar f tn To your knowledge, or in your experience, does it make sense to start Sinemet in an old person, even if her symptoms are not very severe? Would it Azilect a better option? any insights about risks of interactions with antidepressants? I do not even know if we could cut Sinemet Plus now, but I have conflicting feelings about this otherwise miracle drug. Please, excuse for this long post. But I feel insecure with my English and want you to understand our situation.
Avatar m tn I did have symptoms in my acute phase back in 1985 but there was no such thing as Hep C back then so nobody knew it was actue hep. I was on chemo for Leukemia at the time so they just passed it off as a chemo problem for me.
Avatar m tn On gabapentin, if I give 100 mg less than the prescribed dose in the am, we get about 3 hours of quality awake time in the afternoon. The rest of the time, he is just a lump in a wheelchair. After giving the topamax at bedtime last night, he has not been awake enough to even eat. No med has left him able to participate effectively in physical therapy and continue what, before the seizure meds, was good progress toward regaining use of his arm and leg.
Avatar n tn Can you provide some more details of her symptoms? Dementia can result in a number of symptoms. However there are two things that must bbe looked into—one is Alzheimer’s and other is stroke. You can read more about this on The cause of anemia should be looked into. One possibility is poor diet over a long period. Get her stool examined for occult blood. Another possibility is subclinical UTI. Hope this helps.
Avatar n tn Are there any techniques for dealing with BPD in elderly particularly regarding paranoia, anger and irrationality? I read in one of the forum exchanges that you recommended "including" the BPD person in the planning of care and alternative options. I must say that, in my experience, this has not seemed to be a reasonable option. Although normally appropriate and desirable, such a situation appears to me to be down right dangerous-- for everyone involved. Comment? 2.
Avatar m tn He is now in a psych unit and now taking clonidine and lorazepam, we hope that this combination will work for him coz, we, the family, are already suffering from his condition. Does the benefit outweighs the risk in trying prozac for an elderly patient? and does clonidine better in teating deppression?
Avatar n tn i suffered from diziness and headache since 2 years due to traveling outside for work I did all exams such as blood and diabete and hormone everything was well ,and CT scan ,MRI as well all was good I went to ears and eyes doctor they told me ther is no problem,finaly i went to neurologe and psychatrie doctore he told me i have depression ,he gave me cipralex 5 mg first is not working with me he increased to 2o mg I was very good till 2 months but now i change my place for job the problem remia
Avatar n tn affecting up to a tenth of the population at some time in their life. A major life stress may or may not have occurred first. SYMPTOMS In the full blown picture, the patient suffers from deep feelings of sadness, guilt, uselessness & futility. Concentration may be impaired, & memory may suffer. A sense of losing one's mind is common. Tearfulness may be uncontrollable at times. Profound apathy/fatigue occur.
Avatar n tn Stomach prob, muscle aches/pains, fatigue are all things that go hand in hand with depression. As for your muscle spasms in your eyes etc. that also can be caused by nerves/anxiety issues. I'm a nurse, but when I was 18 I was working as a CNA in a long term care facility. One day out of the blue, my tongue swelling up was hanging out of my mouth and I had no control over it what so ever...kind of drooling and everything. I FREAKED!
Avatar n tn He is in his mid sixties. Immediately after he went into a depression over what happened and his sudden change in routines. He was taken to see a psychiatrist who put him on Zoloft. His condition over the last 2 weeks worsened and has turned into a psychotic depression. Initially he was having paranoid delusions about his former coworkers trying to frame him for things he might have done wrong in his career. All his statements were very irrational.
209591 tn?1267418314 I have been experiencing major depression for the last four months. Before that the depression would come and go. I am at the point where I cry and cry and cry. On an average day I may sleep 12 -- 16 hours, and when I wake up it feels like I have been up for days at a time. I have really isolated myself from family and friends in the last month, why dampen their spirits right? During the time before you got diagnosed were you all experiencing bouts of depression?
1408210 tn?1340200372 My primary doc actually does research for depression but he isn't helpful regarding alcoholism. I think the two can go hand in hand. So I don't know where to go to get help, and I am 70 now, have other health issues (diabetes which isn't doing badly) and osteoarthritis (two knee and one toe joint replacements).
Avatar f tn It causes so many physical symptoms as well. I get a really bad tightness in my throat and chest area and it feels like i'm being strangled; I've also smashed my teeth to bits at the back according to my dentist! He had to sort it out last week for me and I have to wear a mouth guard; now i know I'm going nuts!! lol; Thanks for explaining the mistake in the lake thing. i would never have known. Where I live is about 200 miles up from London, called Yorkshire.
Avatar n tn Since that time, I have had difficulty eating foods high in fat. In an effort to resolve related symptoms, my doctor prescribed Colestipol to absorb excess bile and fats. Though my GI symptoms improved, I began a 6 week slide into my worst episode of depression. In addition, I was anxious, lethargic, and had difficulty exercising. My concentration was terrible, my focus nonexistant, and I embarrassed myself by forgetting words and names of people I know well.
Avatar n tn He may not even be suffering from Depression. In most cases (not all) if a person is suffering from Severe Depression, then the symptoms are so God awful horrifing and uncomfortable that they will do almost anything to make it stop. This includes going to see a doctor. In some cases Depression sufferers will suffer in silence and resist treatment. This is usually out of shame about admitting that they have a Mental Illness.
242516 tn?1368227505 risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture is further increased in those over age 60, in kidney, heart, and lung transplant recipients, and with use of concomitant steroid therapy. Physicians should advise patients, at the first sign of tendon pain, swelling, or inflammation, to stop taking the fluoroquinolone, to avoid exercise and use of the affected area, and to promptly contact their doctor about changing to a non-fluoroquinolone antimicrobial drug.
Avatar f tn Also some studies have shown that vitamin B can assist with memory and overall brain power. A deficiency in vitamin B3 (niacine) can lead to a bunch of symptoms too insomnia, weakness, mental confusion are some of them. Vitamin B6 (piridoxine) is the one we will be interested in since you talk about anxiety and stress. Deficiency may lead to anemia, depression, high blood pressure and some other effects we are not interested for now.
Avatar n tn I have a lot of time on my hands having now job to go to although I remember taking two weeks of sick with depression in my last job so it's always work that's the problem. My marriage was a disaster from the start. the frist 3 years were not too bad then it went down the pan. She wanted me to get normal hours job when I was doing permanet 12 to 9pm shifts.Said she was lonely in the evenings. I did it for the her so we could afford decent holidays and going out weekends.
Avatar n tn When there's widespread numbness and tingling along with other scattered symptoms, it's difficult to localize the lesion to specific spots in the brain that may be damaged by MS. However, there is a small amount of patients who DO have nonspecific, vague neurologic symptoms that don't localize anywhere and the MRI shows classic MS spots throughout the brain and spinal cord. In your case, though, the MRI (should have brain AND spine) was clean which makes the diagnosis of MS much less likely.
Avatar n tn I have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, along with obsessive thinking and depression but I have a difficult time accepting this diagnosis.All symptoms were first somatic with tingling in my arms and legs.Then began some slight almost black out experiences,sleep disturbances with my body vibrating while I was asleep.All medical tests proved okay,MRI of the brain, thyroid testing,etc.During that time,I had my first intrusive thought of hurting a my first therapist that I had ever seen.
389797 tn?1200693362 Constant nagging abdominal pain ULQ whether I eat or don't, I also have anxiety, sweats (no fever), tremors, and lower back pain. Symptoms were occasional at first but are now almost daily. I wake up in a sweat (which seems different from a hot flash) and fell sick until I have a stool. First stool may be semi-solid, about an hour after eating throughout the day, stools are watery and yellow. I force myself to eat as I have NO appetite.
Avatar f tn These compounded hormones do not affect fertility, they are not for birth control purposes, but can certainly help with excessive, irregular bleeding, depression, menopause symptoms and other hormonal imbalances. My heart goes out to all you having problems with the pill. I have a 20 year old, 4 months on the pill, experiencing constant anxiety and depression with anger and bouts of crying over small things. I am helping her find alternatives.
Avatar f tn im a 17 year old male who's been on & off different medications for 3 years before i tried "vyanse" last last year at around this time. I went from 20mg to 30mg then to 50mg & took it till the end of may then stopped because of summer. I again started taking it in August & took it 5 months straight, & actully had increased its dosage to 60mg early December. I ran out on the 21st & stopes taking anymore until January 3rd, the day we came back from Christmas break.
Avatar n tn I've done a year with no answers, and a doctor today essentially told me to snap out of it, and wrote off my symptoms as depression and IBS. Don't think I could bear another 9 years of feeling this awful before someone takes me seriously!
125112 tn?1217277462 I won't go on about the rest during that time. It in itself is a long read. Today, along with the respiratory and oral symptoms, I have very irregular periods. Likened to perimenopause. Apparently, easily confused with thyroid conditions.