Users' questions

Is it normal for an older parent to be depressed?

Is it normal for an older parent to be depressed?

Symptoms of depression among older people don’t always look the same as the symptoms of depression in younger people. An older parent’s depression may not manifest itself in crying jags or other symptoms we’ve seen in depressed friends or ourselves.

What to do if your dad is depressed?

If your needs are being neglected, you need to reach out for help. If your dad is depressed your mom or step-mom is present, try talking to her about what’s going on with dad and that you think he needs help. You can also call a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or even a friend’s parent or teacher.

Is it okay to talk to your parent about depression?

Depression is not contagious and you cannot catch it. Talk to your parent. It can be scary to bring up the topic of depression, especially when it’s with your parent. If you are concerned and feel like things will not get better, it’s okay to start a conversation about depression. Approach your parent from a place of concern and care.

How does depression affect a parent and child?

Depression causes many people to be impatient, to be more irritable, and to get angrier than normal. It can also cause someone to feel sad and cry a lot. These reactions from a parent can be very hard on children. A person with depression may get tired more easily and spend a lot of time in bed.

Symptoms of depression among older people don’t always look the same as the symptoms of depression in younger people. An older parent’s depression may not manifest itself in crying jags or other symptoms we’ve seen in depressed friends or ourselves.

When to talk to your parents about depression?

If you feel depressed, alone, or are having troubles you can’t solve, you need to reach out for help and support. If you can, it’s best to turn to a parent. It may seem hard to share personal feelings with parents, especially if you haven’t done it in a while.

If your needs are being neglected, you need to reach out for help. If your dad is depressed your mom or step-mom is present, try talking to her about what’s going on with dad and that you think he needs help. You can also call a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or even a friend’s parent or teacher.

How does depression affect both Mom and Dad?

What seems clear, however, is that depression in both moms and dads during the infant and toddler years influences the way a child internalizes and externalizes behaviors.