Although depression occurs mostly among elderly people, this depression is often misdiagnosed or ignored. An average of 60-70% of the elderly who visit the practice of general practitioners are those with depression, but; Often undetected because of the elderly focus more on actual physical complaints; Is the accompaniment of emotional disturbance. According to Stanley & Beare (2007), a number of factors have contributed to this condition, including the fact that depression in the elderly can be dissuaded or masked by other masked depression. In addition, social isolation, parental attitudes, neglect of neglect of the normal aging process causes undetected and unaddressed this disorder. Depression in the elderly is manifested by grievances of unworthiness, excessive sadness, moodiness, lack of enthusiasm, feeling empty, hopeless, self-accusing, suicidal thoughts and lack of self-selection and even self-neglect. To prevent this from getting worse it is advisable for each individual who has reached this stage especially elderly, preferably following the Ayahuasca retreat treatment.
Depressed elderly people, depressed, sad, desperate, depressed and somber. Often feel isolated, rejected and unloved. The depressed elderly depicts himself in an unbearable dark hole and can not get out of it. Somatic problems are often experienced by elderly people who experience depression such as disturbed sleep patterns (insomnia), eating disorders and reduced sexual drive. Elderly are more susceptible to disease because of their weakened immune system, in addition to the aging process as well because people who experience depression produce less white blood cells. Psychomotor symptoms in predominantly depressed elderly are motor retardation. Often sitting with drooping and blank stare without expression, talking a little with a flat sentence and often stop the conversation because it does not have enough energy or interest to finish the sentence; Symptoms of depression are summarized in SIGECAPS: sleep disturbances in the elderly who may be complaints of insomnia, nightmares and early risers and can not sleep anymore, decreased interest and activity (interest), guilt and self-blame (guilty) , Feel tired and have no energy (energy), decreased concentration and thought processes (concentration), appetite decreased (appetite).