While we do not want to doubt our grandparents and parents when they talk about their anxiety and depression, it can be difficult to listen to them. These are people who have been through the Great Depression, two World Wars and the Cold War. So why would they feel depressed? As we age, we become more aware of how much stress is out there. It is possible that our grandparents or parents have been suffering from anxiety or depression for a while. What can you do to help someone with these issues?
Anxiety and depression in elderly people can be difficult because they often have other health issues. Depression can cause a person to lose their energy and make it difficult to take care of themselves. This can lead to health problems. Anxiety can make it difficult for seniors to socialize and lead to isolation. It can be difficult to watch your grandparent or parent deal with depression alone.Although you may not believe you can help someone with anxiety and depression in old age, there are things you can do. Listen to what they have to say and try to understand their feelings. Let them know you care and that you are there to help them. Encourage them to seek professional assistance if they need it. Offer to accompany them to their appointments.Don’t lose heart. Although you may not be able solve the problem, you can help them. Some signs may be hard to spot so be vigilant.
What signs are there of depression in the elderly?
-Lackluster energy or lack of motivation
Feeling helpless, hopeless, or helpless
– Having difficulty concentrating or making decisions
-Sleeping too long or too little
-Eating more than normal
-Withdrawing friends and family members
-Expressing guilt or feelings of worthlessness
-Thoughts about suicide or death
What signs are there of anxiety in the elderly?
Feeling restless or tense
-Having difficulty sleeping
– Feeling constantly on edge
-Chest pains or rapid heartbeat
-Nausea, vomiting, or other gastrointestinal issues
-Tremors and shaking hands
-Difficulty or limited breathing
-Irritability and restlessness.
Talking to your loved ones about anxiety and depression is important. Do not be afraid to bring it up. They may already have these feelings every day.
Treatment of Depression in the Older
-Medication: Follow the instructions of your doctor if your loved one is taking medication for depression.Counselling/Therapy: If you suffer from depression or anxiety, counseling may be an option. This is especially true if you have trouble talking to others about the subject. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) can help you find a counselor near you.
Support Groups: This is another option for someone suffering from anxiety or depression. It is helpful to talk to others with similar problems and share their experiences, especially when it concerns coping strategies.Talking to your loved one about depression and anxiety is important. Let them know that you care, and offer your assistance if necessary.If they are interested in medication, help them to find the best dosage and schedule that suits their needs without interfering with other medications.If they don’t want to take medication, offer to accompany them for their first appointment with a therapist. If your loved one sees that you are there for them, it can encourage them to open up.
If they do not want counselling/support groups, showing an interest in the situation and offering to listen is enough sometimes.If they wish to keep it secret, you can force them into counseling or support groups. If your loved one is contemplating suicide and refuses to listen to any explanation, call 911 immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached at 800 273-TALK (800 273-8225).It can be hard to cope with anxiety and depression. But it is important to remember that you are not the only one. There are many resources that can help you and your family members. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Visit the National Institute of Mental Health website for more information.
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