Depression treatment in elderly

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222011 tn?1265475648 I could write pages on all the problems but what I really wanted to suggest is as far as anxiety/deapression goes - has your Mum tried using a 'Sun light' lamp. It is for the treatment of S.A.
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 Time between occurances range from a few days to a few months. Anyone have an idea of what the cause or remedy might be in this very elderly and frail person?
Avatar f tn It's highly unlikely she contracted the virus from her most recent blood transfusion. She may have contracted it from a blood transfusion before they started testing donor blood at or around 1990. Keeping it real here, Grandma may have experimented with IV drugs back in the day and that is one of the primary modes of transmission. Most elderly who fall and break a hip or have hip replacement tend to recover slowly.
Avatar n tn I wanted to add that your Mom's "chills" is fairly normal in the elderly as their circulation is not what it use to be. Both my parents would be happy to have the thermostat at 85+. My Mother is always freezing and complains of the chills very frequently. She has insomnia, also not uncommon in the elderly. And situational depression is also a common factor. Our senior citizens are forced to face many life changing crisis by the simple (or not so simple) fact that they are ageing.
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 f tn She very thin and frail and her memory has decreased rapidly in a few weeks. She suffers from depression, and is (without meds) obsessive-compulsive. Without meds she had a horrible temper and would argue about every little thing. Extremely stubborn and independent. Now she is in a nursing home after numerous falls, and never adjusted until a psychiatrist was brought in last year. She was on Effexor, and he discontinued that and started her on Risperdal 3 days ago .25mg.
Avatar n tn HIPPA laws being what they are, doctors can't give you any information or say-so in her treatment unless you are present and even better, have a signed release from your mom. As you get her set up with new doctors in Arizona, make sure she puts your name down as the person to release medication information to. This is also a good time to look through your mom's legal paperwork.
Avatar n tn Other anti depressants such as Zoloft, Remeron and Paxil seem to be effective in elderly patients with depression. Remeron seems to be the most commonly used drug in elderly patients with depression and weight loss. I would recommend that she talk to her doctor about other available options. Sincerely HFHS-M.D.
Avatar n tn The following is a brief discription of Major Depresssion including treatment strategies. MAJOR DEPRESSION Major depressions are probably based on some as of yet poorly defined biochemical imbalance in the brain. It may come on at any age, striking women twice as often as men, & 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.
Avatar f tn I know there are so so many factors/ variable involve here but I wanted to here from perhaps some elder folks on this issue, or others caring for the elderly.
1408210 tn?1340200372 I am beginning to think I have to break the law and go to jail to get alcoholic treatment. Other than Serenity Lane in my state, which is private and insurance doesn't cover it, there is no place for alcoholics to get treatment. My primary doc actually does research for depression but he isn't helpful regarding alcoholism. I think the two can go hand in hand.
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 m tn I take comfort that you have written because in doing so you have reached out and that means there is still some hope and life in you. Creston, depression is NOT a character flaw, YOU are NOT flawed. Others do understand but what you need to realize is that your sadness and despair is unique to you so you will never feel completely understood even as all these folks stand in the darkenss right next to you.
Avatar f tn The pain eventually died down last year and thats how I started with PTSD, anxiety and depression. My kidney was left in but doesn't work very much. I have to take all the BP meds to control it because it's still high and they have to control it otherwise i'm in trouble. I take the antibiotic every day forever because i'm at risk of UTI's because the ureter has no valve so I get reflux.
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.
666152 tn?1225389158 My husband will be finishing his 24 week treatment (peg-intron/ribviran) (Viral load undetectable for the past 90 days) His side effects have been The Joint & Bone Pain as well as a lot of psych/brain fog etc. issues. We have handled all this rather well I think. Anyway, I am reading articles as well as the threads here regarding how long these symptoms may last and it doesn't look promising.
Avatar f tn Well, I started to get better after about a week of not having the nvaring in but I am still going thru a depression period. I think that its because I consumed myself with panic, racing thoughts the whole nine that I now I dont know how to get out of it. I started therapy two weeks ago and also went back to the doctors where they put me on YAZ. Its been four days so I will see how that goes. Hormones definitely by all means have something to do with how we feel.
Avatar n tn Re: Acute Depression and ECT HFHS.
Avatar n tn While I don't think there is anyone posting on this board now who is your age, it's not unheard of. Hopefully some other folks will chime in. Even if treatment doesn't work for you it can buy you time. Treatment slows down the progression of the disease and in some cases has been known to reverse the damage. Yes--the odds are not in your favour, but hell--it beats the alternative right?
Avatar m tn and Canada and constipation, dryness of mouth, and urinary retention (especially in males) are more likely to occur in the elderly. If she has any of these, they could account for the bloating... Selegiline hcl - side effects include nausea/vomiting which could cause her to not want to eat or to feel hungry, but not be able to eat. Baclofen - muscle relaxant used to treat pain, spasm and stiffness of Multiple Sclerosis...
Avatar f tn But, I can't quit exercising because I simply feel like if I did, I'd be unable to move and in no time, be in a deep depression.., so I can't allow that to be.
Avatar n tn I was very hard to live with and ended starting treatment with a good marriage and now ending treatment with out a marriage. My husband has left me. In part because I have made his life difficult because I became more needy and expresive ( meaning I liked to talk about issues more). I made mountains out of moles, overacted, and everything was a crissis. My husband who had quit drinking 7 years before.. developed a every-other day drinking habit. He would take down alot of booze.
Avatar n tn What could be causing severe depression in someone who had an MI 4 months ago, stent placement 2 months ago (I did receive your feedback on the stent-travel stress test question to my most recent post and am very grateful). My friend appears to have a deep depression and sits in front of the TV and cries. He said he realized his mortality after the heart attack.
Avatar n tn Posted by Andrew on July 06, 1999 at 02:01:31 How effective is ECT in the treatment of acute depression; particularly with the elderly? Posted by HFHS.
Avatar n tn Only medical treatment and training can avoid this.He is four and a half now. Originally bought by my parents in law who are elderly and not dominant, he lives in a large home with acres of space beside a very calm Pyrenee mountain dog , female. I arrived here to live on the same property ( diff house ) when he was 1 yr old. Bad habits had formed and he did not obey. His father was a large and very aggressive dog too.
Avatar n tn like i said you will get more answers on another column, as this is for caregivers, mostly for the elderly .
Avatar n tn Hi Toni. I didn't know Ribavirin was used like that (alone, without interferon) and I was kind of shocked to read you were on this type of therapy (but then Jim apparently found something on its use like this), but still - there are unanswered questions on your end and about this method of treatment, I think, and I guess it's best I reserve judgement on how your doc is treating you (and especially since you are 66 and a doctor has recommended standard treatment now.
Avatar n tn Personality Disorder My mother has suffered from borderline personality disorder for many years, and has been diagnosed with BPD, OCD and depression at various times, although she is in complete denial about this and has insisted that the diagnosis were false, or that the practicioner was incompetent. My sister and I (both in or 40s) have learned to do "damage control" when she comes to visit our families and so far our children love her very much.
Avatar n tn Personality Disorder My mother has suffered from borderline personality disorder for many years, and has been diagnosed with BPD, OCD and depression at various times, although she is in complete denial about this and has insisted that the diagnosis were false, or that the practicioner was incompetent. My sister and I (both in or 40s) have learned to do "damage control" when she comes to visit our families and so far our children love her very much.