Recognizing Early Depression and Getting Help


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Depression is a common and debilitating mood disorder. Depression changes how you think, feel, and function in daily activities. It can interfere with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and enjoy life. The feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness can be intense and unrelenting, with little, if any, relief.
While some people describe depression as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom, others feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic. Men in particular can feel angry and restless. No matter how you experience depression, left untreated it can become a serious health condition. But it’s important to remember that feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are symptoms of depression—not the reality of your situation. There are plenty of powerful self-help steps you can take to lift your mood, overcome depression, and regain your joy of life.
Senior Citizens need company and in this busy day-to-day life and a world occupied with technical gadgets, face to face talk, human connect is missing. Our parents , grand-parents have spent all their life bringing up their kids, and at a time when movement and health impairs they don’t have the company of their kids who have moved on to build their own career and family. We miss the symptoms of depression and loneliness they start experiencing and enduring. Depression could lead to dementia. Never assume that a loss of mental sharpness is just a normal sign of old age. It could be a sign of either depression or dementia, both of which are common in older adults
RCMM conducted a medical camp for senior citizen to identify early symptoms of depression and dementia. A week ahead pampletswere distributed thru the newspapers in Dadararea and also senior citizen groups, laughter clubs. Advance registration was sought, so that the process could be streamlined, and we could make this a smooth experience for the senior citizens visiting the camp.
On the day of the camp a self-help questionnaire was administered to Senior Citizens to help yourself and your physician figure out if you may be suffering from depression. Doctors from Psychiatry Department of K J  SomaiyaMedical College administered the questions. A film explaining various aspects of Dementia was also played for the audience.
Around 60+ senior citizens ranging from age 60 to 96 attended the medical camp and interacted with the doctors.
The whole program was conducted in a very conducive environment and the senior citizens got a lot of time to interact with the doctors. RtnDr. HemangiDhawalearranged the medical camp and was sponsored by Sun Pharma. RtnDr. Dhavaleattended to some of the senior citizens, who could not make it to the camp, in her clinic and carried on the good work.
This was well attended by Rotarians who also got a chance to interact with senior citizens in and around Hindu colony and talk to them. A very satisfying project for Rotary Club of Mumbai Mahim. This also helped to spread awareness of our club in the area where we have our weekly meetings.
Thank you Dr. Dhavale. We are inspired by your energy.


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