Common Symptoms of Depression

The More Symptoms You Have the more likely you are dealing with depression


Recognizing depression in the elderly starts with knowing the signs and symptoms . Depression red flags include: 

  • Sadness or feelings of despair 
  • Unexplained or aggravated aches and pains 
  • Loss of interest in socializing or hobbies 
  • Weight loss or loss of appetite 
  • Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness 
  • Lack of motivation and energy 
  • Sleep disturbances (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, oversleeping, or daytime sleepiness) 
  • Loss of self-worth (worries about being a burden, feelings of worthlessness or self-loathing) 
  • Slowed movement or speech
  •  Increased use of alcohol or other drugs
  • Fixation on death; thoughts of suicide
  •  Memory problems
  • Neglecting personal care (skipping meals, forgetting meds, neglecting personal hygiene)

Depression Is Not a Normal Part of Aging!

Depression Is Not a Normal Part of Aging!

Get Immediate Help

If you are thinking about harming yourself, tell someone who can help immediately.

  • Do not isolate yourself.
  • Call your doctor.
  • Call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room to get immediate help
  • Ask a friend or family member to help you.  
  • Call  toll-free, 24-hr National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889).

If you don't have a doctor or can't leave your house and you live in the Sierra Vista Area, then Call LCS Healthcare Group (520) 459-4604