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According to Psychology Today, anxiety and depression can manifest more prominently as we age, and if you're feeling unusually down or blue or worrying more than usual, ask for a consultation with a mental health care professional. There's no longer a stigma around seeking mental health treatment, and it is, in fact, a healthy way to ensure you're living your best life. You may be treated with medication, talk therapy, or even directed to take a more holistic approach by practicing meditation or other relaxation techniques. You may even just need some extra short-term TLC to get you through a rough patch. Being able to talk about your emotional and mental state will help you better identify the heart of the issue and be more proactive in addressing it.

The older we get there is a greater chance of developing more serious conditions like Alzheimer's, Dementia, Parkinson's, etc., and the only way to know for sure is through tests. While anxiety and depression can have similar symptoms, only a mental health physician can tell if you are in the beginning stages of one of these diseases. They can also help you with getting your anxiety or depression under control and help you find the best remedies for either of these conditions.

Knowing the symptoms is part of the cure and while this article is in no way considered an attempt to diagnose or offer a cure for any medical condition, seeing any of these signs is an indication that you should seek professional help.

Signs of Anxiety

Excessive and intrusive worrying that disrupts daily functioning, agitation, restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, tense muscles, and trouble sleeping.

Signs of Depression

Little interest or pleasure in doing things, feeling down, depressed, or hopeless, trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much, feeling tired or having little energy, poor appetite or overeating, feeling bad about yourself or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down, trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television.

There is hope for those suffering from one of these debilitating diseases and a possible cure could be as simple as taking a pill once a day. Regardless of your diagnosis and treatment, the only way to know for certain is to visit a mental health care professional and see what test they recommend. It will be beneficial to you to take control of your mental health, but the true beneficiaries will be those around you. They show you how much they care by staying with you through these times; show them how much you care about them by seeking treatment.

A special thank you to Mary Shannon at seniorsmeet.org for contributing to this article.

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