Depression is a serious concern for older women. Some people have the idea that it is normal for an older person to feel sad. Older women with generalized anxiety disorder may worry most of the time. The nervousness and concern often worsen in stressful situations. The focus of concern among older women is usually the health, safety, or money.
Ask yourself if you feel:
- Nervous or empty
- Guilty or worthless
- Lost of interest
- Restless and irritable
Or if you are:
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Eating more or less than usual
- With persistent headaches, stomach aches, or chronic pain.
These may be symptoms of depression or anxiety disorders, which are treatable medical illnesses. Reach out for help, talk about your feelings and concerns. Depression is not a normal part of aging. Talk to your doctor.