Managing Lifelong Mental Health as a Senior

Posted by georgette12 @georgette12, Jan 13, 2017

I have just started using this site so this is my first message.

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Mental Health group.

@hopeful33250

Hello @georgette12 and welcome to Mayo Connect. You have joined a wonderful online community of folks who are interested in health topics and sharing information about what has helped and encouraged them. Please feel free to share with us as to what brought you to Mayo Connect. Is there a specific health issue you or a family member/freind is dealing with? All of us came to Mayo Connect as a result of some health-related issue and we have found support and help along the journey. We look forward to getting to know you! Best wishes. Teresa

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Hi, JK @contentandwell

Our kids are, and will always be, a great blessing to us and a source of joy. I enjoy traveling. I think the worst part of flying is going through the process of checking in, waiting and loading. Once we’re cruising, I enjoy the view, and landing is interesting, seeing the city from Google Earth’s vantage point.

And it’s surely faster than driving. Especially to Hawaii.

Jim

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@hopeful33250

Hello @georgette12 and welcome to Mayo Connect. You have joined a wonderful online community of folks who are interested in health topics and sharing information about what has helped and encouraged them. Please feel free to share with us as to what brought you to Mayo Connect. Is there a specific health issue you or a family member/freind is dealing with? All of us came to Mayo Connect as a result of some health-related issue and we have found support and help along the journey. We look forward to getting to know you! Best wishes. Teresa

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@jimhd I get very nudgy up there sitting for so long. I rarely can read or watch a movie due to that, but I can sleep, which I do. The night before I can never sleep either so I need the sleep.
JK

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@hopeful33250

Hello @georgette12 and welcome to Mayo Connect. You have joined a wonderful online community of folks who are interested in health topics and sharing information about what has helped and encouraged them. Please feel free to share with us as to what brought you to Mayo Connect. Is there a specific health issue you or a family member/freind is dealing with? All of us came to Mayo Connect as a result of some health-related issue and we have found support and help along the journey. We look forward to getting to know you! Best wishes. Teresa

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@mlbaier

I know how it feels to lose parents. It can be difficult, regardless of what our relationships with them are. Sometimes there’s guilt, or devastation, or extended grief.

Do you have someone to talk with about your anxiety? Therapists have been very helpful to me with that struggle. I hope you have, or will find someone to walk through this with you. I pray that God will give you peace of mind.

Jim

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@hopeful33250

Hello @georgette12 and welcome to Mayo Connect. You have joined a wonderful online community of folks who are interested in health topics and sharing information about what has helped and encouraged them. Please feel free to share with us as to what brought you to Mayo Connect. Is there a specific health issue you or a family member/freind is dealing with? All of us came to Mayo Connect as a result of some health-related issue and we have found support and help along the journey. We look forward to getting to know you! Best wishes. Teresa

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Thank you. I do have a therapist but it still falls back to me and dealing

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@colleenyoung

Great topic to start, Georgette.
You wrote:
“discussing managing mental health issues as a senior, after a lifelong challenge with this disease. This issue can be further complicated as we age because many people do have memory loss and other symptoms of aging, and it is very difficult to tell the difference between life-long anxiety or depression and other mental health issues…….and age-related symptoms or conditions. Am i feeling depressed because i cannot do the things i used to do, or am i depressed because i do not have chronic depression under control?”

I’m tagging @overwhelmed @johnjames @jimhd @amberpep and @lesbatts on this discussion as I believe they will value insights or reflections to offer.

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Thank you for this post, John @johnjames . I know it was months ago, but I ran across it and was encouraged by your words. Even my wife, after living with a depressed husband for more than 12 years, doesn’t understand the feeling of heading down into that dark hole. The triggers of depression were several, but I couldn’t name them until I’d been through 3 or 4 years of therapy. I don’t know if I yet know all of the causes.

I haven’t heard from you for awhile, so I thought I would reconnect.

Jim

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Depression is hard enough w/o the addition of chronic pain. There are these times when nothing helps. Merely existing is unrewarding. Suppose stress is the culprit. Too much all at once. Try to find a distraction that will help…nuncupative noise trashing my day.

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@parus

Depression is hard enough w/o the addition of chronic pain. There are these times when nothing helps. Merely existing is unrewarding. Suppose stress is the culprit. Too much all at once. Try to find a distraction that will help…nuncupative noise trashing my day.

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Hi @parus, you are so right. Depression is hard enough all by itself. I did hear a speaker early this year that gave a good explanation of the part the brain plays in stress. I think if you can understand how the brain functions it may help reduce the stress or give you tools like you say to find a distraction that helps. I find that a lot of his short videos on http://stressfree.org/ do a good job of explaining the part that the brain plays and they do it in a manor that provides a little humor.

Pssst…thanks for teaching me a new word and increasing my sometimes limited vocabulary. ☺ Hoping you have a stress free, pain free day.

John

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Always glad to enlighten, expand and educate. The dictionary has been my best friend since childhood…I did check out the site and HAD to mute the sound as those high pitched cacophonous frequencies were sinuous in my neuropathic world. I did read several and liked what I read. Thanks for the share and I have saved the site. Teeny-tiny baby steps are all I can do for today. Weather moving in-Doppler eat your radar out…tee-hee.

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Hi, I am Kaydas. it is my first message and I don’t know much about the forum. I hope to find so many golden hearts and find solidarity and empathy. I have a depression and anxiety for 32 years. The number of years of my suffering tells that nothing helped me to recover. I hope that little by little I will gain confidence and friends. God help us.

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@parus

Always glad to enlighten, expand and educate. The dictionary has been my best friend since childhood…I did check out the site and HAD to mute the sound as those high pitched cacophonous frequencies were sinuous in my neuropathic world. I did read several and liked what I read. Thanks for the share and I have saved the site. Teeny-tiny baby steps are all I can do for today. Weather moving in-Doppler eat your radar out…tee-hee.

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@parus

Thanks for the smile!

Teresa

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@kaydas

Hi, I am Kaydas. it is my first message and I don’t know much about the forum. I hope to find so many golden hearts and find solidarity and empathy. I have a depression and anxiety for 32 years. The number of years of my suffering tells that nothing helped me to recover. I hope that little by little I will gain confidence and friends. God help us.

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Hello @kaydas, welcome to Connect and thank you for posting your first message to this discussion on managing life-long mental health as a senior.

@kaydas, if you don’t mind sharing, how are you doing with your depression and anxiety? 32 years is certainly a long time.

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@kaydas

Hi, I am Kaydas. it is my first message and I don’t know much about the forum. I hope to find so many golden hearts and find solidarity and empathy. I have a depression and anxiety for 32 years. The number of years of my suffering tells that nothing helped me to recover. I hope that little by little I will gain confidence and friends. God help us.

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Welcome, @kaydas – I don’t know how long ago depression and anxiety and a few other fun things started for me. Long before I realized I needed help. This is a great place to find support from others of us who pray for God to help us.

I know that it gets really old. Do you have people around you who care about you and maybe even understand some of what you deal with every day? As Justin said, feel free to share with us as much about yourself as you’re comfortable. We’re here to offer our love and support anytime you need it.

Jim

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