The Psychology of Ageing

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When individuals are experiencing illnesses, they cause psychological changes. These changes affect the self-esteem, self-confidence and self- image of individuals as they are suffering from these changes and feel hopeless and frustrated. Psychological changes can damage a person’s mind and the way they feel and see themselves as the illness weakens the subconscious mind. Psychological effects are thoughts, feelings and emotions which create an impact on an individual’s mental condition and health.

While individuals age they suffer from illnesses and diseases, examples are dementia. As elderly people experience dementia their self-esteem is very low due to feeling a range of emotions such as hopelessness, anxiety, fear and self-consciousness. As a result it causes emotional distress which then leads to other worse conditions such as depression. The reason why victims of dementia feel this way is due to experiencing difficulties in their lives such as not having the ability to manage their own lives instead of depending on others. People with dementia do not always remember things and this affects them daily. Since they are not aware of their condition they will begin to point finger at others for their own problems. When people age, death is an element which always haunts their minds as death is confirmed for every human when they are born in this developing world. This causes more stress and their self-esteem is reduced. While this occurs individuals will present suicidal behaviours. The emotional state of individuals varies on each person, some may be able to cope despite the psychological affects causing them to have a low self-esteem while others may take their feelings to an extent where they decide to let go of life. As psychological changes affect self-esteem, they need to develop a sense of self, this way they create a more fulfilling life. Self-esteem is vital for who we are and when changes occur it may make individuals feel weak as they take a hard...
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