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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.

Anxiety Often Interferes With Life

Anxiety can be as if one is suffering from a physical disability

Everyone deals with stress in their lives. Everyone also feels anxious from time to time, and this is perfectly normal. But the fear can become abnormal, and if this happens, it will start interfering in your life. Something like that can significantly reduce your quality of life, just as if you were suffering from a physical disability. In fact, anxiety can become a type of physical disability.

Anxious and Depressed GirlAnxiety will prevent you from doing things that you want to do. People who are socially anxious can see that anxiousness progress to the point where they do not want to leave their homes. They will start avoiding crowded places, or places or events where they might be required to socialize with other people. They may even start fearing the telephone.

Obviously, all of these things combined serve to lessen the quality of that person’s life — keeping them from socializing with old friends, failing to meet new friends, and failing to participate in particular experiences.

Anxiousness will also prevent you from fully enjoying vital aspects of your life, such as your children or grandchildren, hobbies, or your career. Those who suffer from an anxiety disorder can fill their minds with such enormous amounts of worry that there is little room to enjoy the things that are useful in their lives. They simply cannot stop worrying.

Stress can lead to physical and mental problems. Anxiousness in ChildrenDepression is a common result of anxiety, as are constant tension headaches. These other mental and physical conditions also play a role in lowering one’s quality of life.

People who often are anxious do not sleep well. When we’ve had enough sleep, we see the world around us in a more positive light. With the lack of sleep, however, things often appear to be “gloomier” than they really are.

Despite the fact that things aren’t as gloomy as we might think, the quality of life is lessened even more because our perception of what is going on around us is all that we really have to go by in life.

Anxiety does have an enormous impact on one’s overall life, and, therefore, if you are suffering from anxiety, you should seek treatment as soon as possible, so that your life — and your perception of your life — can get back on the right track.

Anxiety and depression often go hand-in-hand!

How to Deal with Stress and Cope in the 21st Century

Every one of us faces situations of stress quite commonly given the type of lives we lead in the 21st century.

StressWhile some of us might have stressful situations at the workplace, others might be experiencing such situations at home. Given the kind of recession and economic downturn we are facing, it is quite common to see people under stress quite frequently.

Stress is common for many people; the way each one reacts to the situation of stress varies. When a person is not able to manage stress levels rationally, it can cause adverse effects on health, both mentally and physically.

When a person is under stress, the quality of life goes down. The functionality of the body goes down, and it creates a strained situation wherever the person goes. It can lead to friction with other people they encounter. It can cause a downward spiral to relationships.

For this reason, it is vital to understand how to cope with stress and treat it before it has deleterious effects on the person`s life and the lives of people around them.

Talk It Out

One way to deal with stress is to try and talk to someone close to you and discuss your problems and what is causing the stress. By talking it out, you are relieving your mind of many tensions. You also get to rationalize and see if you are unnecessarily stressing your mind and body with the particular problem you are facing. Many a times, you might even find an effective solution to your problem while you are communicating with the other person regarding your stress.

Get Adequate Exercise and Eating Right

ExcerciceExercise frees up your body of many tensions. It also helps you become healthier and be physically able to take much more. Exercise causes many positive and helpful reactions that are helpful in combating stress more effectively. Exercise and you will not only be able to cope up with stress better, but you will be more fit too.
Along with exercise, it is also essential to eat right to help you get your body the essential nutrients to stay healthy, and to be in a position to fight stress effectively.

Think Positive

The Law of Attraction states that what you think and perceive is what you get. If you have positive thoughts running in your mind, the action that follows will also be positive. For this reason, you should try and incorporate positive thinking habits so that the action plan that you will initiate will also be positive and be helpful in eliminating the cause of stress. Positive thinking also helps get rid of worrying too much about many situations that would have caused stress.

Stress Management Techniques

Progressive muscle relaxing is a method where you are alternating between tensing and relaxing some muscles of your body in order to relieve you of stress. Some examples of this method are the use of a soft ball or a spring loaded device that you use in the palm of your hand to tense and relax.

Apart from this, use of relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation have also benefited many a person in getting rid of stress and changing the way they react to pressure. Stress can be a huge problem if you allow it to go beyond control. By incorporating right techniques, you can help solve problems associated with stress by combating and changing the way you handle stress.