Managing Depression

Depression affects the way a person feels about themselves and relates to others. Older adults who suffer from depression are more likely to fall.

Signs & Symptoms

If you have experienced any of the following signs and symptoms for more than seven days in the last two weeks, you may be suffering from depression. These include:

  • Having little interest or pleasure in doing things
  • Feeling down, sad, or hopeless
  • Having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or sleeping too much
  • Feeling tired or having little energy
  • Having poor appetite or overeating
  • Feeling bad about yourself – or that you are a failure, or have let yourself or your family down
  • Having trouble concentrating on things such as reading the newspaper or watching television
  • Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed.





If you have thoughts of hurting yourself or taking your life, tell someone who can help immediately, or call your local crisis line.

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