How would I recognise if someone with dementia was experiencing anxiety or depression and how could I support them?
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Anxiety is a natural human response to stress and can be experienced in many different ways. However, feelings of unease or fear can become so intense they can be difficult to control and can affect day-to-day life. Depression can also affect everyday life due to feelings of low mood and helplessness. Anxiety and depression often occur separately, but can be experienced together. Causes also vary, for example, physical health concerns or life changes such as the death or loss of a partner. However, there isn’t always a clear reason.