There are some very frightening complications associated with SAD Disorder according to the Mayo Clinic Staff. The signs and symptoms are very serious and should be taken as so. If it goes untreated, it can get much worse and lead to:
- Suicidal thoughts or behavior
- Social withdrawal
- School or work problems
- Substance abuse
If the family and caregiver address SAD up front and take the proper precautions, it may possibly curb the seriousness of the situation. Since it is vitally important to realize that With Age Comes Respect, it is our right and our duty to care for those that need our help.
In order to assess the situation, you will need to get your loved one/client to their doctor. From there they may be recommended to visit a mental health provider; perhaps a psychiatrist or psychologist.
Be prepared. Record all pertinent data in a notebook so that you do not forget anything. Professional appointments tend to be fast, so the more prepared you are, the better.
The Mayo Clinic Staff recommend that you:
- Record your symptoms so that you can tell the doctor or mental health provider exactly what they are (feeling down or having a lack of energy, for example).
- Write down information about depression patterns, such as when the depression starts and what seems to make it better or worse.
- Make a note of any other mental or physical health problems you have. Both can affect mood.
- Write down any major stressors or life changes that your elder has had recently.
- Make a list of all medications they are taking, including vitamins or supplements.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor; most important to least important.