Unlike other forms of depression where the patient feels fatigued, down and lethargic, agitated depression patients portray symptoms of panic, anger outbursts, racing thoughts, agitation and irritability. It is not easy to diagnose and conclude that someone is suffering from this form of depression.
Those who relate with the patient on a daily basis would conclude that the person is overly obnoxious, angry and irritable. This is a person who gets provoked easily and is prone to harm others when under an attack. If the person would take time and analyze their feelings, they would confess that they had mixed feelings of anger, irritability, agitation and racing thoughts all at the same time.
Agitated depression normally affects the elderly and middle aged people. It is a rare condition in children and young adults. It is hard to tell whether a person is suffering from it or not as the symptoms are related to the character of an overly rude, angry and melancholic person.
Symptoms of Agitated Depression
*Unable to sit still
*Not able to tell what exactly is annoying you
*Anxiety and restlessness
*Talking on and on and repeating the same issue over and over
*Feelings of physical violence on oneself or others
*Unexplained anger outbursts
*Complaining and shouting even when slightly provoked
If one has been experiencing some of these symptoms for several days consecutively, it is advisable to seek medical attention. Once under medical care, tests are carried out to rule out the presence of the illness. If you suspect someone to be suffering from this form of depression, you should approach them carefully and help them get professional diagnosis and treatment. A person suffering from it may not even know and may even deny that there is a problem. You should therefore be very careful on how you disclose your suspicions to them.
Treatment for Agitated Depression
If treatment is not sought for early enough, the mental illness may deteriorate to a point where the person may even be suicidal or dangerous to others. Treatment involves medication that stabilizes ones moods and therapy sessions to help one cope with everyday anger and irritability triggers. Agitated depression being one of the most serious forms of depression may take a long time for one to finally get over it. Constant therapy is therefore very important. For the medication to be effective, it should be taken at specific dosages and very specific intervals during the day.
Agitated depression patients need a lot of support from family members and friends. Most often people may not like being around them as they are not friendly and always pick fights with others. Understanding that it is not their fault is very important. This is a journey they cannot walk alone and they need people to help them recover. Older patients are the hardest to deal with. These patients need help attending therapy sessions. They need to be encouraged to attend them and know that they are not being judged for the condition they are suffering from. They also need help in taking the medication on time and the right dosage for their agitated depression.