ERIC Number: ED364819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Depression in Later Life: Recognition and Treatment.
Schmall, Vicki L.; And Others
This guide is designed to help readers understand depression and factors related to its onset in later life; recognize signs of depression and potential suicide; and know actions they can take if they suspect an older family member or friend may be depressed or contemplating suicide. Following a brief introduction, a chapter on depression discusses the severity of depression, explains how depression differs from grief, and examines types of depressive disorders. The next section examines what triggers depression. It considers a variety of factors, including heredity, biochemical changes, drugs, illness, personality, sensory loss, stress, and seasonal changes. A section on recognizing the signs of depression discusses age-related changes, denial, atypical signs, and physical illness. The next section offers advice to readers who want to help the depressed older person. A section on treatments for depression discusses medication therapy, psychotherapy, and electroconvulsive therapy. A section on handling special problems describes what to do if the person denies being depressed, explains how a person can help from a distance, and instructs readers in how to identify and respond to a suicidal person. The document concludes with a section on myths and facts about depression and suicide, a final note on depression, and a list of publications for further reading on the subject of depression. (NB)
Descriptors: Clinical Diagnosis, Counseling Techniques, Depression (Psychology), Identification, Older Adults, Outcomes of Treatment, Suicide
Agricultural Communications, Oregon State University, Administrative Services A422, Corvallis, OR 97331-2119.
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman. Cooperative Extension Service.; Idaho State Univ., Pocatello. Cooperative Extension Service.; Idaho Univ., Moscow. Cooperative Extension Service.
Note: A publication of Pacific Northwest Extension.