Many people around the world deal with anxiety every day. For some people it comes and goes and can be very mild, for others they experience very severe symptoms. There are many different types of anxiety and each person who deals with it reacts differently to it. On the blog this week, we will be talking about anxiety for all different people and ages.
It is no doubt that seniors experience anxiety, and this is for many different reasons. They could be anxious about their old age or have a fear about something happening that could put a burden on their health. Whatever the case may be, it is important to remember that people of all ages experience anxiety. Those as young as teenagers in high school have reported having anxiety issues. One of the reasons why this is incredibly pivotal to understand is because anxiety can have serious impeding symptoms to everyday life, especially with another ill family member.
Janice Green, President and CEO of Jancare Private Health Services, explained how she has seen elderly parents or seniors with dementia. However, their child or younger individual looking after them is the one who needs help because of the anxiety they suffer.
There are many different types of anxiety including: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Generalized Anxiety Disorder is the most common type of anxiety. Those experiencing this disorder typically experience excessive anxiety and worry about health, family, money, or work. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “This worrying goes on every day, possibly all day. It disrupts social activities and interferes with work, school, or family.”
While many people believe anxiety can be dealt with by the individual, this is not always the case. Anxiety is a diagnosed disorder, and those with it should seek help to make managing it easier. Medication options are available to those who experience severe anxiety symptoms. Visit here for tips on how to manage anxiety.
Remember that if you are someone who is experiencing anxiety, you are not alone. Help is right around the corner, use your family as a support system and if need be, seek out help from a professional.
“Symptoms.” Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA, adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/generalized-anxiety-disorder-gad/symptoms.
O’Brien, Katherine. “Managing Anxiety in Seniors.” Senior Assisted Living Guides: Find Senior Care A Place for Mom, 27 July 2016, www.aplaceformom.com/blog/for-professionals/7-22-16-managing-anxiety-seniors/.