Depression in the elderly Part 6: Complications of depression

Depression in the elderly Part 6: Complications of depression

Untreated depression can have a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and health problems, and can affect a person’s lifestyle in many ways, leading to the following complications of depression:

  • Being overweight that leads to heart disease and obesity, Some patients are eating more than normal. This leads to increased weight gain, thus at risk of developing complications such as heart disease and obesity.
  • Insomnia, It is the main symptom of depression. The inability to sleep fully can have serious effects on the body and causes depression patients to feel tired and lifeless.
  • Behavior of alcohol or drug addiction and separated from society.
  • Anxiety Panic or fear of society.
  • There are problems and conflicts in the family. Relationship problems, Problems at work, or school.
  • Because the mind plays a controlling role in the body. Human emotions, therefore, affect the functioning of the body in an important part. Depression can lead to headaches, neck pain, abdominal pain, and unusual pain in areas of the body for unknown reasons.
  • Depression, including antidepressants, can cause sexual problems. As a result, the sex drive is reduced and can affect relationships.
  • Hurt yourself, want to kill yourself. Attempted suicide

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