Research Article| Volume 34, ISSUE 2, P2-7, April 2020

Family members' perceptions and experiences of older people displaying major depression

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      Mental illnesses are a large public health problem worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) considered that depression is the second largest cause of disabilities in the world (Lopez, Mathers, Ezzati, Jamison, & Murray, 2006; Ferrari et al., 2013). Patients with depression reported that they received emotional support, encouragement to self-care, and activity support from family and friends (
      • Sussman T.
      • Yaffe M.
      • McCusker J.
      • Burns V.
      • Strumpf E.
      • Sewitch M.
      • Belzile E.
      A mixed methods exploration of family members'/friends' roles in a self-care intervention for depressive symptoms.
      ). Older people who live alone were more likely to report feelings of depression than those who live with a spouse or other family members especially when they lack of interactions between the neighborhoods (
      • Stahl S.T.
      • Beach S.R.
      • Musa D.
      • Schulz R.
      Living alone and depression: The modifying role of the perceived neighborhood environment.
      ). Older Thai people with depression expressed that they were existentially alone, lacking motivation to live like as they were living with meaninglessness. They lacked energy to do everything, and wanted to lie down almost the whole day. Moreover, they were automatically thinking that they did not want to live, and planning to die (
      • Kleebthong D.
      • Chareonsuk S.
      • Kristiansen L.
      Older Thai peoples' perceptions and experiences of major depression.
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