Dementia Care Site Map
Dementia & Depression

 

Depression is one of the most common of all mental health problems. One in five people experience depression at some stage of their lives.

 

While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time and often without reason. People with depression find it hard to function every day and may be reluctant to participate in activities they once enjoyed.

 

Beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia. They describe depression as more than just a low mood - it's a serious illness that is likely to get worse if left untreated.

 

Depression can be common among people with dementia. Depression may make it harder for a person with dementia to remember things and enjoy their life. It can also add to the difficulty of caring for someone with dementia.

 

Further information about diagnosing depression, helping people with depression and support services can be found in this website under Living with dementia.

 

It is also important to remeber to take care of yourself when supporting someone with dementia.  Alzheimer's Australia has a range of Help sheets with ideas on looking after families and carers.  There are also a range of services that can provide support for carers.