Covers key issues to understand mental health of older adults over 50 in the United States. Provides existing data and lays the foundation for understanding key issues related to mental health in older adults.
Covers key issues to understand mental health of older adults over 50 in the U.S. Article focuses on programs and resources to address depression in this population.
We all feel anxious sometimes, but when feeling anxious interferes with your daily life, it is possible that an anxiety disorder might be the cause. Up to 14% of older adults meet the diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder.
Alcohol is a culturally acceptable drug that is commonly overused and misused by older adults, often times unintentionally. Amongst older adults age 60 and older, the average amount of alcohol consumed is increasing.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mental illness involving episodes of serious mania (extreme energy or excitability) and depression.
Depression is not a normal part of aging but over 58% of older adults think it is. Late-life depression affects 6 million older adults, yet only 10% of these people get treatment.
Medication can be an important part of treatment for mental health disorders. Psychotropic medications work to correct imbalances in brain chemistry to treat symptoms and facilitate proper brain function.
Over 75% of people over the age of 65 take a prescription medication. The average number of medications, including over-the-counter medications that an older adult may be using at any given time is 5.
Schizophrenia is a serious disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels and acts. Symptoms of schizophrenia usually appear between the ages of 13 and 25, and the disease may come and go in cycles of relapse and remission.
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