Mental illness in older adults often goes undiagnosed because it is often, mistakenly considered a normal part of aging.
Older adults experiencing mental health disorder symptoms may avoid social gatherings and activities and hobbies they once enjoyed.
A loved one who is normally easy-going may suddenly display angry outbursts for no reason. Seniors suffering from depression may experience unexplained feelings of guilt, sadness, and worthlessness. Mood changes that last longer than two weeks can indicate signs of mental illness.
Major depressive disorder symptoms include difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much. You may notice changes in your loved one’s physical appearance, such as sudden weight loss or weight gain. A senior struggling with mental illness may neglect personal hygiene and lose interest in taking care of the house and yard.
Some memory loss is a normal part of the aging process, but if your older loved one is having difficulty with short-term memory or has recently begun to experience memory loss, consult a healthcare provider for further evaluation may be in order.
Other signs of mental illness include difficulty concentrating and making decisions. You may notice your loved one having problems managing finances and working with numbers.
A reasonable level of stress is a normal part of everyday life, but when seniors frequently worry about things and obsess over seemingly small matters, they may have an underlying mental health problem.
Ridgeview Institute offers comprehensive geriatric psychiatry programs specifically designed to meet the psychological and developmental needs of adults 55 and older who are dealing with drug addiction, manic depression symptoms, major depressive disorder symptoms, and other concerns.