Types of patients we serve
Senior adult patients who are 55 and older, are admitted voluntarily to the Center for Senior Mental Health for short-term treatment and care. Most patients have not had any prior mental health problems. Their current symptoms are usually a result of factors related to the aging process. These factors may include side effects of medications, changes in brain functioning, or effects of a physical disease or medical condition. Additional factors that may contribute or lead to mental health problems include: unresolved grief, social isolation, a decline in physical health, financial worries, loss of independence and fears regarding future losses.
Most common diagnoses treated are:
n Dementia - Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person's memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. People with dementia often have trouble thinking and speaking clearly, remembering recent events, and learning new things. Over time, it becomes hard for them to handle everyday activities and take care of themselves. There are many causes of dementia, but Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia in older persons. (from NIHSeniorHealth)
n Depression - Depression is not a normal part of aging, and studies show that most seniors feel satisfied with their lives, despite increased physical ailments. However, when older adults do have depression, it may be overlooked because seniors may show different, less obvious symptoms, and may be less inclined to experience or acknowledge feelings of sadness or grief. (from National Institute of Mental Health)
n Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that affects about 1.1 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. People with schizophrenia sometimes hear voices others don’t hear, believe that others are broadcasting their thoughts to the world, or become convinced that others are plotting to harm them. These experiences can make them fearful and withdrawn and cause difficulties when they try to have relationships with others. (from National Institute of Mental Health)
n Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives. (from National Institute of Mental Health)
n Psychosis - Psychotic disorders are severe mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking and perceptions. People with psychoses lose touch with reality. Two of the main symptoms are delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that someone is plotting against you or that the TV is sending you secret messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing or feeling something that is not there. Schizophrenia is one type of psychotic disorder. Treatment for psychotic disorders varies by disorder. It might involve drugs to control symptoms, and talk therapy. Hospitalization is an option for serious cases where a person might be dangerous to himself or others. (from MedlinePlus)
n Anxiety - Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, keep focused on an important speech. In general, it helps one cope. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it has become a disabling disorder. (from National Institute of Mental Health)
Through a structured treatment plan of individual counseling, group therapy, medication management, activities, family education, and support, patients are given the opportunity to improve their social, physical, and emotional functioning.
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