Stress doesn’t always end after retirement. Loss of loved ones, isolation, financial concerns and declining health are just a handful of factors that may cause emotional and mental unrest in seniors.
Family commitments, packed schedules and professional obligations can make life seem overwhelming at times. Though many adults look forward to carefree golden years after retirement, it is not uncommon for seniors to experience new anxieties and, sometimes, even depression later in life.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, older adults who are constantly worried about situations that cannot be controlled—and experience sleeplessness or increased heart rates as a result—may have anxiety. Other common physical symptoms may include:
- Muscle tension
The same population may also display behaviors and symptoms that indicate depression, such as:
- Lack of energy
- Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
- Social withdrawal
- Weight loss
Recognizing the symptoms of anxiety and depression is important. The sooner you see a problem, the sooner you can take steps to make impactful changes and enjoy life.
If symptoms of anxiety or depression persist, professional counseling may help. A healthcare provider may describe appropriate medication or talk therapy sessions.
Following a mindful, health-oriented lifestyle regimen may help almost everyone working to manage anxiety or depression. Make regular exercise, plenty of sleep, lots of fruits and vegetables, and regular time with family and friends top priorities.
Paul B. Hall Medical Group offers behavioral health services close to home. Greg Horn, APRN is accepting new patients of all ages. He offers in-office as well as Telehealth visits from the comfort of your own home. To schedule an appointment, call 606-789-3188.