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An introductory article from our Library Chair


Surprisingly to most, there are many types of depression. The most common is Chronic Depression (Dysthymia). This is believed to affect millions of people and is the mildest form. Some people with depression do not have the typical signs and they are considered to have Atypical Depression. Some experience Seasonal Depression (SAD) especially those that live in areas with short daylight.

Symptoms of depression may include the following:
• Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
• Fatigue and decreased energy
• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
• Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
• Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
• Irritability, restlessness
• Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
• Overeating or appetite loss
• Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
• Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
• Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

The National Institute of Mental Health has more detail:


The most common cause of depression for laryngectomies is Hypothyroid (low thyroid levels). The thyroid is often partially removed as part of the laryngectomy surgery or damaged by radiation treatments. All laryngectomy patients should have your thyroid level checked by your doctor. Refer to Hypothyroidism in this section of the library.


Depression may be caused by mental stress or it may be physical. People experiencing illness can have problems adjusting to the new demands of the illness. This can bring on depression and can hamper their ability to cope and heal.

Depression may affect your sleep, cause fatigue, slow healing and increase pain levels. Depression can increase with time, causing a person to withdraw, seriously hindering their recovery.

Plenty of rest, a good diet and finding a support group, where talking to others is recommended, may be helpful. Others have gone through the same things you have and can be the best support.

Talk to your doctor for help that might include medications or counseling. Keeping a positive attitude is important to your well being. Sometimes it helps just to change your routine. Do something new or different that gives you a break from what you normally do.

If you demonstrate any of the warning signs of suicide with depression, call a local suicide hot line, contact your doctor right away, or go to the emergency room for immediate treatment.

Ron Mattoon


Purple.com is a site with tips on helping deal with sleep problems


We all know that sleep is crucial to maintaining mental and physical health, but as we age, new factors come into play that may be preventing us from getting a proper night’s rest. With that in mind, we’ve created a brand new guide detailing tips and tricks to get a better night’s sleep. Whether you are taking care of an elderly loved one, or just in need of more shut-eye yourself, this piece offers practical advice in a way that isn’t a total snoozefest to read - I really think your readers will enjoy it!

The guide covers:

  • Why quality sleep is more important than hours slept
  • Sleep patterns and what they mean
  • How to establish a relaxing sleep environment
  • Proper diet and exercise for better sleep
  • And much more!

You can explore the guide for yourself here: https://purple.com/blog/senior-sleep-guide

posted 9/2018




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posted 09/23/18


Sites with good reading or research material


The magazine, Psychology Today has many articles on different aspects of these problems:


One of many articles at Mayo Clininc in their secton on Depression:


Our April 2018 newsletter has a lot of inputs from members on depression and is worth reading: http://www.webwhispers.org/news/apr2018.asp

Another good article on depression can be found in the following PDF file:


Facebook has a page with information on Depression. It can be accessed at:



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