Do you suffer from Alzheimer´s or Parkinsons disease and feel depression? Is there a relation between the two?
Is theres a relationship between Alzheimer’s and Parkisnon´s and depression. Although many people do not feel theres is a relationship, statistics and numbers show us otherwise. We will talk about how we can be affected.
What are the most common depression symptoms?
- Crying easily and with no apparent reason.
- Headache, back pain or digestive problems.
- Lack of interest in pleasurable things, including sex.
We need to identify each one
Depression and Alzheimer’s, it will be important to understand what depression is (and only depression because we understand that, if you are a relative of someone with Alzheimer’s, you will already know that disease).
Depression is a disease that in people with Alzheimer’s presents at least five of the following symptoms, and, in addition, it presents them throughout the day and for two weeks or more:
- Feeling sad or sleepy
- Crying easy and without reason
- Feeling of being slower
- Feeling restless and irritable
- Feeling of worthlessness or guilt without justification
- Difficulty remembering, staying focused, or making decisions
- Headache, back pain or digestive problems
- Unintentional weight gain or loss
- Hypersomnia or insomnia
- Lack of energy
- Lack of interest in pleasurable things, including sex
Alzheimer´s disease and Depression
Alzheimer´s patients have a tendency to depression. People with Alzheimer’s have shown to be more likely to experience depression, the prevalence is nearly twice that of people without Alzheimer’s. Nonetheless, it can be difficult to determine if that symptom is appearing from depression or Alzheimer’s. The best way to identify is by monitoring the patient and to be aware if it is due to Alzheimer’s progress or any other reason.
On many occasions, there are many solutions Alzheimer’s problems and symptoms are also positive to alleviate the symptoms of depression.
In other words when we work with symptoms of Alzheimer’s, we are also targeting the symptoms of depression. There are several techniques that every family member of an Alzheimer’s patient should know: the pleasant environment, the incentive to help with simple and pleasant tasks, avoiding loud noises, being positive, etc. They are positive practices for treating Alzheimer’s, and they are also very helpful in treating de pression.
Our auricular implantology is helpful in mitigating and making Alzheimer’s disease more bearable also they are helpful in doing the same for depression symptoms. Our technique offers the patient to be more calm and improve in other areas in their life, thus reducing depression symptoms.
This is why we need to be careful when we determine if depression is appearing, if you are already taking the appropriate measures for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, you can be relatively calm, because you will also be doing it for the treatment of depression.
As you have seen, Alzheimer’s and depression are not the same, although there is a relationship between these two diseases, since often times when one appears, the other appears soon after. We hope this article has helped you to differentiate between the two diseases, so you can identify if depression occurs early.