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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

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Parents tell me to snap out of depression, what to do?

Parents tell me to snap out of depression, what to do?

Thank them & see : your primary care physician for evaluation for medical causes & referral to appropriate mental health professionals. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the mainstay of treatment, with anti-depressant medications as an adjunct, if necessary. You may want to delve into your family history, but your stoic parents may not share important information if they do not view depression as a valid diagnosis. ...Read more

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I'm scared to tell my parents i'm depressed..What can they do?

I'm scared to tell my parents i'm depressed..What can they do?

Talk to them: Tell them how you have been feeling and that you think you need some help. Let them know that you need their support and do not blame them for the depression. I am assuming that you are a minor and not in your 40's you can also speak to a school guidance counselor or psychologist. They will help you speak to your parents. ...Read more

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What to do if i get into depression most of the time due to my parents.What to do?

What to do if i get into depression most of the time due to my parents.What to do?

Family dynamics: Talk to a therapist about your family situation. It may have an effect on sorting out a better relationship or some needed changes in perspective or boundaries. ...Read more

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How come i feel depressed when I do something right or get complimented by my parents?

How come i feel depressed when I do something right or get complimented by my parents?

You may have some: Unconscious anger or guilt feelings that need to get sorted out. Meet with a therapist and sort out what is happening. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if the parents are too old can the child suffer of depression later?

Could you tell me if the parents are too old can the child suffer of depression later?

Not directly, but...: I doubt it could be directly related to parental age, but having older parents, like having younger ones implies lots of things. They might not be as healthy or energetic, tolerant, interested in new things, attractive, easy to bring home friends to meet, etc., etc. If you feel cheated by your childhood, & especially if you feel guilty about the resentment - i can easily imagine feeling depressed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have depression, but i can't tell my parents due to their own mental illnesses?

What to do if I have depression, but i can't tell my parents due to their own mental illnesses?

Talk to someone: I don't know the details of your parents mental illness but they very well may understand better than you think. If you really can't talk to them, talk to another relative, a teacher, or school nurse. The important thing is to get help. ...Read more

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If your parents have fought with each other all your life, what are the chances of having depression?

If your parents have fought with each other all your life, what are the chances of having depression?

Elevated risk: Recurrent stressors that include familial strife are a risk factor for depression in children, adolescents, and adults. Some Core signs of depression include recurrent low mood, loss of interest in enjoyable activities and important necessary daily activities, helplessness/hopelessness, and problems with sleep. If a concern recommend further evaluation by your doctor to discuss options ...Read more

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Could abusive parents cause child depression?

Could abusive parents cause child depression?

Yes, absolutely: Child abuse can certainly predispose to depression -- not only in children but also later in life. If neglect is also involved, chances for depression are even greater. Abuse in childhood can also be associated with chronic pain and other physical syndromes. ...Read more

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How can you tell my parents about my loneliness/depression?

How can you tell my parents about my loneliness/depression?

Be candid: Tell them how you feel. It is key to let them in on any suicidal thoughts if you have experienced them. If you have problems with sleep, appetite, energy level, motivation etc - let them know. If you are a minor, ask them to arrange for you to see a therapist. Talking therapy can be very helpful. You will feel less lonely and separate from others when you share this. It will lessen your burden. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Toman
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Hip Fracture (Definition)

A break in the upper quarter of the femur (thigh) bone. The extent of the break depends on the forces that are involved. The type of surgery used to treat a hip fracture is primarily based on the bones and soft tissues affected or on the ...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