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Anxiety and depression in older people increasing in Surrey

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Published by Josh Kerr at 6:02am 16th May 2018. (Updated at 7:49am 16th May 2018)

Cases of anxiety and depression among older people in Surrey are increasing according to a local charity.

Figures from Age UK Surrey show that more than a third of people who go to them for counselling present with anxiety as their prevailing issue.

Causes for the mental health issues for older people are said to include changes in living situations, loss of loved ones or relationship breakdowns.

Jo Williams, Age UK Surrey’s Counselling Co-ordinator said: A lot of older people are struggling with stress and anxiety and perhaps don’t feel they can talk to their close friends and family about it.

"I think there's a bit of a perception that it's a part of growing older, a bit like we used to think about memory issues, which is obviously one of the symptoms of dementia.

"I have had clients say to me 'oh well, you know it's because I'm old that I'm feeling like this' and it isn't actually, there could be lots of other things going on, so it's really important that we acknowledge that it can happen to anyone at anytime of life and that reaching out and talking about it is really the first step to improving things."

Over the last six months over 36 per cent of the charity's counselling clients presented with anxiety as their prevailing issue - that compares with 14 per cent for the same period last year.

On a national level research commissioned by YouGov and Age UK has found that around half of all over 55s say they have experienced anxiety.

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