Archive for September, 2011
Fighting depression in the elderly is extremely important. It is also very difficult because these folk might be embarrassed about their situation and will be less likely to admit, even to themselves, that they have a serious problem. As serious as depression is, it is also very treatable in most cases. But the first step is to reach out and get help. For many, the energy or will power to get moving will be missing. This is a symptom of depression and creates a severe downward spiral. They lack energy because of the depression and then get even more depressed because they can’t do anything to fight it. This is where the help from family becomes so important.
Sometimes, a little prodding will be necessary in order to get your depressed family member going. They might not see a point in getting dressed because they have nothing to do, but once they are dressed, getting them out the door is much easier. Take small steps and move forward at a slow pace. Get dressed, then go outside, then get in the car, etc. It might be a cliché, but taking baby steps is much easier than just saying, “we’re going to the store.”
The importance of maintaining a normal life when suffering from depression cannot be overstated. Depression can be fought more easily if your family member has a sense of purpose. If they are keeping up everyday activities like shopping and personal grooming, fighting depression becomes much easier.
Encourage journaling. They might not feel good about talking through their problems with a therapist, but writing down their concerns in a journal can also help by putting things in perspective and helping them to work through their problems. They can even talk into a recorder and keep an audio journal if this is easier for them. Whatever their concerns are, they can work them out and maintain privacy at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »
Regrettably for many of Americans, chronic pain is a part of daily life. For some people that are troubled from chronic conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, or any number of illnesses, chronic pain is a problem that takes hold of someone’s quality of living. And it is debilitating.
If you are troubled from chronic pain, then you know the struggles and difficulties that come with coping with pain. Your every daily activity must be optimized and arranged carefully so that you can be sure that your daily suffering is minimized. Although some symptoms are not curable, today’s medical advances have revealed enough to suggest that you don’t have to be affected every day. Now there are many things you can do to reduce your constant pain, that don’t involve pills.
The initial thing you can do if you are having difficulties with pain is to begin diminishing the stress that is all around you. Attempt and decrease as much stress as you can, and incorporate things into your life that will relieve stress. The more stress-free activities that you can engage in, the lower your stress levels and reduce some pain levels as well. You will find as well that if you can engage in activities that reduce both your pain and your stress at the same time, that you will truly feel better for hours to come.
For example, if you are suffering from osteoarthritis and have chronic joint pain, planning a weekly massage or a frequent Jacuzzi visit at a local spa or health center will do a world of good for both your mind and your body. Exercise is also a great way to ease persistent discomfort. When you exercise to the point of elevating your heart rate, even just by a little, endorphins are released by your brain, and these hormones act as natural pain reducers.
Although your pain may bring you to feel like limiting your every day tasks, this is the last thing you should do. Not only will you increase pain relieving endorphins during exercise, but you will also sleep better, and keep better heart rate and weight goals also. If you’re not already exercise regularly, start light with just a little bit of extra walking as often as you can, and gradually grow from that point. As you implement more exercising into your daily activities, you will discover you are sleeping more soundly and experiencing less pain in general. Read the rest of this entry »