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5 Common Psychological Problems That Affect People In Old Age!

Dr. Rahul Chandhok 89% (11 ratings)
M.D Psychiatry , MBBS
Psychiatrist, Faridabad
5 Common Psychological Problems That Affect People In Old Age!

As people grow older, they age physically as well as mentally. Just as they become more susceptible to conditions such as arthritis, their risk of mental illnesses also increases. It is also important to note that physical ailments influence mental ailments. Thus, arthritis may not only be a problem in itself but may cause mental disorders as well.

Some of the most common psychological problems that affect the elderly are:

  1. DepressionDepression can affect people of all ages but the elderly have a higher risk of suffering from it. The symptoms and effects of this condition vary from person to person. These include feeling sad constantly, tiredness and lack of energy, lack of self-worth, unexplained weight loss or weight gain, insomnia and reduced appetite. This may be caused as a side effect of certain medications or treatment, as a result of frustrations caused by other physical ailments or just an effect of age.
  2. Memory Problems: As people get older, their memory weakens. Many lose their long-term memory skills. They may also lose their short-term memory. This is not the same as being forgetful. Characteristic symptoms of amnesia include confusion, memory loss, inability to recognize people, etc. Amnesia may be caused by a number of factors including trauma to the head, brain damage or psychological factors such as PTSD.
  3. Dementia: Dementia is characterized by the person’s mental inability to function normally. This could be in the form of random mood swings, apathy, confusion, changes in short-term memory or failed sense of direction. Dementia is typically caused by the death of brain cells due to tumors, infections, lack of oxygen, lack of nutrition etc. Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, vascular dementia and frontotemporal dementia are all forms of dementia.
  4. Alzheimer’s Disease: This is a kind of dementia as well. In such cases, the patient loses memory of where they are and believe themselves to be in another place and time zone. The patient may not be able to rationalize things happening around him and may be unable to recognize their own family members. This is a neurodegenerative disease that involves shrinkage of the brain cells. It may be genetic. Alzheimer’s can be treated and managed but it cannot be cured.
  5. Insomnia: Insomnia can be classified as a physical and mental ailment. It is characterized by the inability to sleep well at night. Some of the noticeable symptoms include tossing and turning for hours in bed before going to sleep, waking up frequently at night, waking up earlier than planned and falling asleep during the day. Insomnia in the elderly is typically caused by stress and anxiety. It may also be the result of certain types of medication.

Hi I am stressed on negative thoughts. I'm feeling very inactive. I feel fear for everything. I get angry on people who irritate me. I am sleepless all night with running thoughts in my brain. But once I sleep I won't wakeup fir hours. I feel lazy when I wakeup. I feel low on mood.

Dr. Karuna Chawla 94% (5121 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Noida
Hi I am stressed on negative thoughts. I'm feeling very inactive. I feel fear for everything. I get angry on people w...
R you under stress. How is your appetite. U need to check Thyroid profile n CBC at some lab Try to relax yourself -- Exercise. Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress. Take a few minutes to breathe in and out in slow, deep breaths. Reduce Your Caffeine Intake. Write It Down. Chew Gum. Spend Time With Friends and Family. Laugh. Massage. Eat a healthy diet. Pursue one hobbyWalk in nature Meditation. Yoga For details you can consult me.
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Sleep Apnea And Homeopathy!

Dr. Nirali Parekh 90% (61 ratings)
Diploma in Naturopathy & Yogic Science (DNYS)
Homeopath, Mumbai
Sleep Apnea And Homeopathy!

Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes your breathing to become shallow or stop completely during sleep. In some cases, this pause in breathing (called apnea) can last 10 seconds or longer and it can occur 30 times or more in an hour.
Though certain chronic health problems increase sleep apnea risk and make it more prevalent in older individuals, factors like enlarged tonsils or other structures in the throat can cause sleep apnea to develop at any age (including in childhood).
“sleep apnea is a public health problem”

And despite the condition being common, it often goes undiagnosed because many of the symptoms — such as loud snoring, gasping for air, and interruptions in breathing — occur during sleep, when individuals may not even realize what’s happening.


 Role of homeopathy-
Homeopathy reaches the root cause of apnea from stress to snoring and heavy weight where breathing gets obstructed. 
Homeopathy allows the bronchus and other obstructions to allow airway passing with giving relaxed sleep to a patient.

I am not getting sleep for last one week. Please suggest me how to improve my quality of sleep? Please suggest.

Dr. Karuna Chawla 94% (5121 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Noida
I am not getting sleep for last one week. Please suggest me how to improve my quality of sleep? Please suggest.
Why are you not able to sleep, first its important to find out reason. R you under stress Try to relax yourself -- Exercise. Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress. Take a few minutes to breathe in and out in slow, deep breaths. Reduce Your Caffeine Intake. Write It Down. Chew Gum. Spend Time With Friends and Family. Laugh. Massage. Eat a healthy diet. Pursue one hobbyWalk in nature Meditation. Yoga For details you can consult me.
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A girl has left me 45 days ago after 3 years of relationship. We were physically attached also. Actually she is a married girl. But I loved her like a fool. After that I started losing weight. I can't sleep at night. I want to come out of this situation as soon as possible. I want to sleep. please give me some advices.

Dr. Anjana Kurmi 90% (104 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Rourkela
A girl has left me 45 days ago after 3 years of relationship. We were physically attached also. Actually she is a mar...
Hello. lybrate-user. As your age mentioned that you are just 22 years old. At this age we cannot understand that what is right or wrong. If we know that this is wrong then our mind not accepted. And you told that she is married then its better to leave her. So what ever happened to you try to forget. And make attachments to your friends, family members. Spent time with your friends. Whenever thoughts comes then try to avoid. This is the age to make a carrier. Focus about your carrier. When carrier time goes then it will never comes. BUt you will get better half one day. So focus on carrier. Make your self bussy. (listen music, playing outdoor games etc) Started meditation in morning, this will helps you to make you mind strong, positive thinking. If getting any problem then consult. Thank you.
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My mom is suffering from sleeplessness from 3 to 4 years from last 3 days. she is not sleeping completely and she is unable to digest food, loose motions started. Please suggest a way to solve this issues. My mom age is about 53 years.

Dr. Karuna Chawla 94% (5121 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Noida
My mom is suffering from sleeplessness from 3 to 4 years from last 3 days. she is not sleeping completely and she is ...
Why is she not sleeping, Is she under stress. What treatment has she taken for this What are the other symptoms along with sleeplessness. Probably because of sleeplessness she is having gastric problem. Do this 1. Don't Overeat 2. Don't take tea empty stomach. Eat something like a banana (if you are not diabetic) or any seasonal fruit or soaked almonds and a glass of water first thing in the morning (within 10 mins of waking up). No only biscuits or rusk will not do. 3. Take your breakfast every day. Don't skip it. 4. Have light meals every 2 hours (in addition to your breakfast, lunch n dinner) e.g. Nariyal paani, chaach, a handful of dry fruits, a handful of peanuts, any fresh n seasonal fruit, a cup of curd/milk etc 5. Finish your dinner at least 2 hours before going to sleep. 6. Maintain active life style 7. Avoid fast foods, spicy n fried foods, Carbonated beverages 8. Take a lot of green vegetables n fruit. 9. Drink lot of water. 10. Curd is good for her. 11. Everyday preferably sleep on same time For more details you can consult me.
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I sleep very less every night @3.5 to 4 hours max. Feel so tired in the mornings. I smoke about 12 cigarettes a day. Sometimes, there is a light pain on my chest but it goes away in 2 mins. I have put on weight as well due to excessive junk food. Is there any signs of health risk?

Dr. Ashish Arya 91% (333 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Sehore
I sleep very less every night @3.5 to 4 hours max. Feel so tired in the mornings. I smoke about 12 cigarettes a day. ...
Yes there are chances of health Risk but Don't worry you can make changes in your habbit. So there are 5main problem 1 Obesity 2 Cigarette smoking 3 Insomnia 4 high BMI 5 Excessive junk food light chest pain is due to Hyperacidity very less changes heart problem and cancer consult me to make your management plan.
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I've asked a question related to my mental health and answers from the doctors seems like I am on my initial stages of depression due to heart break. It was just a 4 month relationship but I don't understand how can get so attached to my ex just in months, maybe because we were best friends from past 5 years. The thing is I didn't get any closure. He thinks something else about me, I think something else about him ,and actual thing is something else. There are so many misunderstanding between us. I tried to contact him n no. Of times but he didn't answered any of my calls. From past two months I think I am experiencing anxiety, being totally lost minded, not willing to do anything, headache, dizziness or blackouts, feeling heaviness in chest, sometimes experiencing insomnia or feeling sleepy all day. That pain is draining me inside, many times I want to cry but tears don't come out of my eyes and this makes me feel like I'm crying from inside. And the most difficult thing for me is to pretend that everything is fine but the reality is that nothing is fine inside me. I miss him alot we use to share such a great bond when we were besties and he use to love me so much when we became lovers I just don't know what suddenly happened that ruined everything between us. I am unable to concentrate on anything. And now I am just done with this pain. I want to just get out of this phase. please suggest me something helpful and let me know what I am going through.

Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Psychologist, Pune
I've asked a question related to my mental health and answers from the doctors seems like I am on my initial stages o...
Hi lybrate-user, I'am sorry to hear that you're going through a phase where you're struggling to get back to your original phase. It's clear that you're going through a heart ache. It seems you're still finding the reason behind your break up. Since the concerned person is not reverting anyway means he doesn't want to connect with you in anyway. You need to Accept this fact and try to move on in life. Make sure you eat well. Drink lots of water. Your body needs energy to withstand the struggle your mind is going through. Don't sit idle, keep yourself engaged with some or the other activities. Any kind of sports/dance/drawing/painting would help. You can also consult me or any other counsellor wherein the deeper issues can get resolved and help you come out of this phase smoothly as its already been 2 months. Therapy is highly recommended. Take care. Lots of Peace and Happiness to you!
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I had a abscess tooth for two months, how ever it didn't hurt much but started feeling fatigue and couldn't sleep at times so I went to the dentist and got it abstracted and got some augmentin, I was ok again until a week later I began feeling fatigue and having this weird feelings in my stomach and funny feeling in my groin and can't sleep well at times. Is it possible that the abscess from the tooth could have gone to my lungs causing me to feel this way? Please give me your advise, im really feeling scared. God bless you.

Dr. Karuna Chawla 94% (5121 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Noida
I had a abscess tooth for two months, how ever it didn't hurt much but started feeling fatigue and couldn't sleep at ...
No, it's not possible. U need to check your Thyroid profile n CBC at some lab Are you stressed, as it could be a cause of your problems. How is your appetite? Try to relax yourself -- Exercise. Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress. Take a few minutes to breathe in and out in slow, deep breaths. Reduce Your Caffeine Intake. Write It Down. Chew Gum. Spend Time With Friends and Family. Laugh. Massage. Eat a healthy diet. Pursue one hobbyWalk in nature Meditation. Yoga For details you can consult me.
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