Everyone knows that a child or a teenager copes with negative emotions worse than an adult. But, unfortunately, not everyone takes into account that the nervous system becomes increasingly vulnerable to old age. Therefore, older people, as a rule, are difficult to adapt to various life situations, to change the habitual stereotypes.
The elderly members of the family perceive sometimes very wary even such a joyful event like moving to a new apartment, for example. Young live quickly, and for the elderly in a new place everything seems strange and uncomfortable for a long time, they yearn for the usual places.
An important event in the life of an elderly person is retirement. For timid, indecisive, poorly initiative, unable to think ahead of the forthcoming life program people, the very thought of retiring becomes a source of unrest, anguish, depression.
Long-term emotional stress at any age can be an impetus to the development of neurosis. Especially great is the danger in the elderly people. The general condition of their body and, in particular, hormonal restructuring, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disorders associated with the climacteric period pave the way for nervous disorders. The weakening of hearing, vision at this age, slower walking than before, some inaccuracy of movements cause depression, which also places a considerable burden on the nervous system.
One of the main manifestations of neurosis in the elderly is irritable weakness due to the sharp excitability and increased exhaustion of the nervous system.
In neurotic patients, sensitivity is increased not only to external influences but also to stimuli coming from the internal organs. Therefore, they often complain of tingling in the heart, chest tightness, dizziness, lightheadedness, periodic attacks of a headache, abdominal pain, pressing weight in the pit of the stomach.
As a rule, the basis of these symptoms is the violation of friendly activity of various departments of the nervous system, which are responsible for the functions of internal organs. Excessive fixation on unpleasant sensations aggravates and fixes them. Thus, a vicious circle is created: neurosis worsens the general condition, and worsening of the general condition intensifies neurotic disorders.
To choose the most effective method of treatment, the doctor has to establish the extent of the involvement of the nervous system in the arising disorders. Usually, in such cases, medicines of different action are prescribed, including often soothing drugs from the pharmacies – tranquilizers. However, recently, experts note with alarm that the elderly people, who have heard about the good action of tranquilizers, start uncontrollably accepting them. Of course, they are unaware that the effect of these sedatives has many options and shades. Some of them can increase muscle weakness, in particular: an elderly person finds it difficult to walk, to do anything.
It is not necessary to resort to any potent remedies without medical advice. In addition, hypnotics, like tranquilizers, are only effective when they are selected individually, and only a doctor can do it. Moreover: taking strong drugs like Valium and the others must happen only under the supervision of a doctor and only if there are relatives in the house who will monitor the patient’s condition.