Do You Know These Mental Ailments Older People Suffer From
Life and we living beings are constantly changing. People, experiences, age, etc. change us. As we grow older there comes an age at which we develop ailments that make us seem anti-social or grumpy or plain lazy. If you have a parent or grandparent who has suddenly stopped being interested in almost everything, then chances are they aren't doing this on purpose, rather are prey to age. Here is a list of mental ailments older people suffer from.
Grumpy Old Man Syndrome
When men hit their 70s, they experience a drop in their testosterone levels, which is the root cause of this syndrome. As the name suggests, men suffering from this syndrome tend to be constantly irritated and grumpy for no plausible reason. Women, too, suffer from a similar ailment as they go through their menopause.
Is your old person constantly forgetting where they kept their spectacles, or if they did indeed switch off the water heater in the bathroom? They are, aren't they? And you probably think they are just being lazy and careless. But, guess what, they aren't! They could most likely be suffering from dementia, and that is the cause of their forgetfulness, impaired reasoning, hygiene issues, etc.
Depression in the old is different from those felt by younger individuals. This depression could be a cause of the medicines they consume for other ailments, with a mixture of feeling socially unwanted and the realization of impending death. Whatever the reason, and though it is rather common to be depressed at an older age, it is not at all healthy.
As your parents and grandparents age, you might notice that they hate company. They avoid almost all social gatherings and, apart from their instant family, don't wish to interact with anyone else. They lose interest in activities that involve people and would rather sit alone watching TV or reading than interact with people around. Social withdrawal is also an ailment that comes with age.
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Constant Thoughts Of Death
And ultimately, a lot of old people constantly think of death and also talk about it. This is not really because they want to die, but rather a realization that they are running out of time, mixed with feelings of worthlessness and guilt for no apparent reason.
There are other mental ailments older people suffer from; however, these are by far the most common ones. A word of advice, if you have noticed your old family member suffering from any of these, then please don't ignore it, for there is help available out there. They may resist the help, but they really do need it, and you are the one that can help them. Taking them to a psychotherapist or psychiatrist should help. And please understand: Psychiatrists DO NOT mean a doctor for lunatics or "paagal"; they are doctors who specialize in matters of the brain.