According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton
I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – anon
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest
People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – anon
Certainly God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater
An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater
Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul
The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah
If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – anon
Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Friday, December 21, 2012

Depression in Late Life: Not a Natural Part of Aging: Helps and Contacts

Depression late in life: Tips to recognize when sadness is more than just 'the blues'
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 11:45 AM PDT
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Suzann Ogland-Hand
 
Treating depression can enhance quality of life at any age -- but sometimes symptoms of depression in older adults are overlooked.
 
Dr. Suzann Ogland-Hand, a psychologist who specializes in treating older adults, discusses ways to recognize signs of depression in the column below.

By Dr. Suzann Ogland-Hand
 
Sleeping problems, sadness, forgetfulness, increased physical complaints, withdrawal from friends and typical activities are behaviors we might accept as we age -- but these symptoms are not a normal part of aging. They might be symptoms of depression.
Everyone has experienced feeling "blue" or "down in the dumps." Sadness, loss and grief are normal parts of life. But when the feelings become overwhelming and interfere with a person's life, that's depression.
 
ONLINE SCREENING
 
In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, which is Oct. 7-13, online screening for depression can be found at the Michigan Psychological Association Foundation website.
 
Depression is an illness, just as arthritis and diabetes are illnesses. Depression can take many forms, including a variety of physical symptoms. Some older people with depression do not feel sad at all, but are bothered by constant feelings of tiredness or pains that just don't seem to go away.
 
Researchers also tell us that caregivers -- those loved ones involved in the care of someone with a chronic and debilitating disease -- also experience high rates of depression.
 
It is true caregiving can provide a lot of meaning to a person's life. Many caregivers know nothing is quite as satisfying as the reward of seeing a loved one get good care. At the same time, caregiving for a loved one can, on occasion, be a frustration and a challenge. This is especially true when caregiving occurs over a longer period of time.
 
Do you, or does someone you know, have any of these symptoms?

• Loss of interest in formerly pleasurable activities
• Dissatisfaction with life
• Withdrawal from social activities
• Loss of energy
• Feelings of uselessness, worthlessness, hopelessness
• Irritability
• Great concern with health problems
• Sadness and crying
• Worry, self-criticism
• Difficulty concentrating and/or making decisions
• Loss of appetite and weight
• Wishing to die or having thoughts of ending life

If you think depression might be a problem you are having, discuss your concerns with a physician or mental health provider. They might suggest professional counseling or prescribe antidepressant medications.

The good news is that depression is a highly treatable illness. The sooner a person receives help, the sooner recovery can begin.

Don't minimalize the symptoms by thinking, "Oh, it's only depression -- I need to just snap out of it." These symptoms might indicate some other medical issue, and if the diagnosis is depression, it often responds well to treatment. By recognizing and responding to the signs of depression and getting help, your quality of life can be restored.

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Dr. Suzann Ogland-Hand is a geropsychologist and director of the Center for Senior Care at Pine Rest. She specializes in depression treatment and works with seniors, care providers and their families. To schedule an appointment with Ogland-Hand at the Pine Rest Northeast Clinic, call 866-852-4001. For more information, visit pinerest.org.

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Other Links of Interest
 
Depression in Later Life - a good .PDF discussion of Recognition and Treatment, its causes and cures
 
Self Assessment Online Screening - take an anonymous self assessment test
 
MHA Mental Health America - Depression Screener
 
SMH Depression Screener - Screens for common mood disorders including: bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, depression, and a brief screen for adolescent depression.
 
AAFP - Depression in Later Life: A Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenge - Lengthy discussion on aging including helpful dianosis tables, charts, and options.
 
GMHF - Depression in Late Life: Not a Natural Part of aging - Discussion including a long list of professional contacts.
 
Columbia Psychiatry - Adult Late Life Depression Research Clinic - New York, New York
 
West Michigan Pine Rest - A regional mental health organization