3 Ways Talk Therapy Helps Depressed Seniors

Talk Therapy For Depressed Seniors

It's easy to see why some seniors can fall into a deep depression and decide life may not be worth living anymore. They may have lost a spouse, family members, children, friends, or perhaps their mobility and health. Sometimes, depression may come softly, slowly stealing the seniors' enthusiasm for life, and isolating themselves from others while struggling alone with all sorts of depressive emotions.

New therapies have emerged that can help seniors deal with emotional issues even they may not know they have. Talk therapy is one method of treatment that's making amazing pathways to help seniors re-evaluate their present situation and find ways to deal with it. Here's how talk therapy helps seniors who are depressed.

1Expressing Their Thoughts And Feelings

Talk therapy helps seniors confront their negative thoughts and mood swings. Mental health social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists have become adept at assisting seniors in revamping their lives with the help of talk therapy. This type of therapy is designed to get the seniors to confront their negative thoughts and mood swings and develop new ones that can stave off bouts of depression, that plague them in future years. Seniors can recognize the benefits they get from talk therapy.

2Recognizing Professional Help

Some seniors that are dealing with depression today may be part of the generation, that didn't put much stock into therapy or counseling. They think of it as 'spilling their guts' to a person they don't know and who don't know them. It's embarrassing and a stigma that they want to avoid at all costs. During a senior's younger years, most have likely never entered a therapist's office. Now, however, they recognize that some of their problems might be easier to handle if they talk to a professional about ways to deal with them.

3Seniors Are Spared The Cost Of Talk Therapy With Medicare

Medicare pays for therapy and psychiatric assessment. Seniors now realize that their time is more limited than it was, and they need to make the most of whatever years they have left. There's no viable reason for a senior not to have an evaluation from a professional.

Talk therapy is an excellent place to start when dealing with a senior's depression and negative thoughts. If the patient is in full-blown clinical depression, antidepressants, or some other type of lifestyle change, such as diet and exercise may be in order. Talking to someone neutral, especially a trained professional, about personal problems and fears can't hurt. This will also likely give the senior a new perspective on life, so they can become open to changes and new opportunities that present themselves in later years.

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Jackie Wing

Jackie Wing is an Alaska native, who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut, or as she likes to call them "Thing 1" and "Thing 2."