Hi, I'm Leslie Surbeck, MD, Internal Medicine, Hudson Hospital & Clinic. Welcome to my blog!
The later years can present specific challenges to one's mental health, including retirement, illness, loss of peers, social isolation and decreasing physical independence. Despite these challenges, depression and anziety are not normal consequences of aging.
Symptoms of anxiety include ecessive worry, restlessness, and irritability. Both deptression and anxiety can be associated with sleep disturmabnce, changes in appetite, inability to focus and difficulty making decisions.
Establishing a daily routine can be helpful. Look for volunteer activities or creative pursuits that facilitate social interaction. Learn a new skill or hoppby, or work on a community issue. And, regulatr exercise is crusial for a healthy body and mind! If you just can't seem to shake a depressed mood or excessive anxiety, talk with your personal physician. Learn more about our Internal Medicine Clinic.