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Seniors and Depression

Elderly people are often hiding their depression

Just as teenage depression has received more recognition and validation over the last decade, depression in senior citizens has also gained more attention. Teenagers are facing loads of issues — and seniors are as well, even though the effects are quite different.

Depression in ElderlySenior citizens have many worries. They are facing getting older and less capable of caring for themselves. They may be worried about outliving the funds they have set aside for their retirement. They may be facing significant changes, such as moving from their home to a retirement community or nursing home. They are also finding themselves surviving their friends.

One of the major concerns about depression in seniors is that the symptoms are not nearly as easy to identify as they would be in a child or a middle-aged adult. Senior citizens rarely tell people that they are depressed, and may not even recognize it as such. Even when the signs are noticed, they are often mistaken for other medical problems associated with age.

If a senior citizen stops taking part in active activities, this is a red flag. For instance, if an elderly lady has been going to get her hair done every week, for the last 30 years or so, and suddenly stops, you cannot assume that she just got old and stopped worrying about what her hair looked like. The culprit is probably depression. Think about the things that the elderly person had done before, and what they have recently stopped doing.

What you must remember is that today’s seniors may still consider depression to be a bad thing that one must hide from others. When they were children and then later, raising their families, if someone suffered from a mental condition — including depression — that person was thought to be either “crazy” or “incompetent.”

Naturally, since they were raised and lived in this mindset, they will try to hide their depressed feelings if and when they occur.

Senior seldom tells about their depression.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder – GAD

GAD – More than a Worrywart.

Everybody worries from time to time, but a person worrying extends to interrupt daily life and cause debilitating anxiety, those persons may have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or, in short – GAD. While people with GAD may start out by worrying about everyday things, this disorder can easily take over people’s life and be the cause other medical problems. If one thinks they have GAD, one should see a doctor immediately and talk about various treatment options.

General Anxiety DisorderPeople with GAD worry about everyday things like money, health, relationships, and jobs. It is normal to worry about these things, even on a daily basis. However, if a person has GAD, worries are constant and excessive, and in many cases, irrational. People diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder are often distracted and consumed with fear. These things are something that is difficult to think about, and it is difficult to do anything else but think of all that worries. To be worried is a part of life for everyone – from the moment one awakes to the moment one falls asleep, but that worries have no real foundation in reality.

Numerous of symptoms occur as a result of GAD. Such as; squeamishness, muscle tension, sleeping problems, exhaustion, breathing difficulties, changes in appetite, sweating or hot flashes, headache and restlessness. Medical professionals do not yet know what causes GAD. Treatment and diagnosis can, therefore, sometimes be difficult. If some of these symptoms are experiencing and one find they are worrying often, one should seek for medical help with what could be Generalized Anxiety Disorder.Anxious

It is essential to be extremely specific about the symptoms since treatment for GAD begins with ruling out other anxiety disorders. Treatment that works well can than include both therapy and medication. Every person worries in a different way, so every person needs different treatment, as well. To find the best form of medical treatment for his or hers GAD situations one should always work together with a doctor. Work with one`s own body`s wants and needs.

No matter why people have developed GAD, they can get help. Most people suffering from GAD do not know that they can be helped.

If people find themself constantly consumed with worries, they should talk to a doctor immediately to find out how medical treatment can help.
One may feel as though there is always something to worry about – from having enough money to pay for bills to getting that job promotion. In a normal life, one may think about these things at least once or twice a day.
A doctor can help achieve this, even if one has GAD.

More about GAD here (Video): Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and how it affects my life