According to the Mayo Clinic Staff, the family or caregiver for an elderly individual that has SAD, may want to ask these basic questions of the elder’s physician:
- Are the symptoms most likely caused by seasonal affective disorder, or could they be due to something else?
- What else could be causing or worsening the symptoms of depression?
- What are the best treatment options?
- Are there any restrictions that my client needs to follow or steps I should take to help improve their mood?
- Should he or she see a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider? What will that cost, and will their insurance cover seeing a specialist?
- Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you’re prescribing to my client?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that we can take home today that would help us understand SAD better? What websites do you recommend visiting?
In return, the doctor may want to ask you and your client some questions for their benefit in order to give your client the best treatment possible. His or her questions may include:
- What are the symptoms your client is displaying?
- When did they first begin having symptoms?
- Have the symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- How severe are the symptoms?
- What, if anything, seems to improve the symptoms?
- What, if anything, appears to worsen the symptoms?
- Do they have any other physical or mental health conditions?
- Are they taking any medications, supplements or herbal remedies?
- Do they use alcohol or drugs?
- Do any of the blood relatives have seasonal affective disorder or another mental health condition?
All of this data will be recorded and properly addressed in order to show that With Age Comes Respect!