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What could I do to help my parent who is depressed due to a broken hip?

What could I do to help my parent who is depressed due to a broken hip?

Tough problem: My experience is that elderly patients become depressed after major injuries due to the loss of autonomy and decreased abilities. Helping them regain as much independence as possible is very important. Helping them return to their preinjury routine is also essential. Dinner with friends, a hair appointment, bingo, bridge club, sports activities, whatever they were doing before. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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I feel so ill, ridden with anger and hurt, is depression likely? Depression and bipolar disorder have/are becoming less visible in my dad, but i know they can be transferred from a parent. I will cut my hips, legs, or arms. I bruise myself, and i've burne

I feel so ill, ridden with anger and hurt, is depression likely? Depression and bipolar disorder have/are becoming less visible in my dad, but i know they can be transferred from a parent. I will cut my hips, legs, or arms. I bruise myself, and i've burne

Go to a therapist.: The symptoms your are talking about are severe and you should seek help immediately. When bipolar is in the family genetics there is always a high probability that it is passed down. There is medication that is quite helpful for this and there is no need to suffer when there is help available. The hurting yourself is an attempt to not feel so bad emotionally but provides no long term help. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor could address a previously broken hip?

What kind of doctor could address a previously broken hip?

Sports Medicine: I would recommend you see a sports medicine doctor or an orthopedist who specializes in the hip or hip replacements. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could abusive parents cause child depression?

Please tell me, could abusive parents cause child depression?

Childhood: Abuse may contribute to development of depression in a child. I suspect that might also be a cause (situational depression). Situations aren't usually black ; white. Suspect that many factors impact the development of depression in a child. ...Read more

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Depressed and suicidal, don't want parents to know , is there anyway ? Or anyway i can get treatment without doctors? What help could i expect?

Depressed and suicidal, don't want parents to know , is there anyway ? Or anyway i can get treatment without doctors? What help could i expect?

Communication: I'm sorry you're going through this. Please talk to your parents. Nobody can read your mind and on the outside you might present better than you feel. Active verbal communication is the key. If your thoughts of suicide become overwhelming you can call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. National suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-8255. Stay safe! ...Read more

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My mother recovered from cancer. She broke her hip. Healed from that. A month later her cancer came back. Could it be back from the broken hip?

My mother recovered from cancer. She broke her hip. Healed from that. A month later her cancer came back. Could it be back from the broken hip?

Recurrent Ca: Many solid cancers can spread to the bones. Some of these metastases can cause bone fracture (we called it pathological fracture). Bone fracture can also be due to osteoporosis, especially in elderly woman. "Broke her hip" itself is not the cause for cancer recurrence, but could be other way around. ...Read more

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Can you ever recover 100% from a broken hip?

Can you ever recover 100% from a broken hip?

Absolutely: When treated quickly and correctly, many hip fractures will heal to their pre-injury status. Of course, the time to heal is quite variable and depends on many factors. A full year may be required to get to the final level of function, but many patients gain full function in 3-6 mos. Work hard and follow the advice of your surgeon and your therapist to give yourself the best chance. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a surgery for a broken hip?

How dangerous is a surgery for a broken hip?

Generally safe : Depends on the preop health of the patient. In most cases the benefits of hip fracture repair far outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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What can you do to support a parent with depression?

Support: When a loved one has an illness, it is best to be a good support system for them - but not in a smothering way. You may also want to educate yourself about depression. There are also support groups for families of loved ones with mental illness. Nami may be a good resource for you. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Toman
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Hip Fracture (Definition)

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint where your femur meets the pelvis. Most hip fractures occur with falls in the elderly or motor vehicle accidents. The most common would be fractures of the top part of the femur bone and the femoral neck or intertroch region. Less common fractures are socket or acetabular fractures. Avulsion of muscle ...Read more


Dr. Caroline Cribari
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Melancholia (Definition)

This is an old term for depression or dysthymia (mildly low mood), from the belief that it was caused by excess ...Read more