Depression is not a normal part of growing older
As the number of cases of COVID-19 increases, so does the associated anxiety and older adults are more likely to be at risk to develop serious illness. The mental health effects of COVID-19 are as essential to address as the physical health effects.
The outbreak of COVID-19 is stressful. The fear and anxiety surrounding the uncertainty about the disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Taking care of yourself, your friends, family, and loved ones can assist in coping with stress.
It is natural to feel grief, nervousness, and stress. Pay attention to your emotions – notice and accept the ups and downs of how you feel. Taking care of your emotional health will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and others. Self-care will help your long-term physical health, mental well-being, and behavioral health.
Those experiencing preexisting mental health conditions should continue with prescribed treatment plans during an emergency and monitor for any new symptoms.
Emotional Well-being – Tips for Emotional Well-being
Mental Conditions & Disorders – Basic Information about Mental Conditions & Disorders
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Tips for the Holiday Blues – The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging’s Tips for Beating the Holiday Blues
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