Geriatric Depression: Symptoms and Treatment Options

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When it comes to the older members of your family, paying closer attention to their health and wellness is important.

Nancy Lieu, licensed clinical social worker from Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, highlights the senior outpatient behavioral health program at Salt Lake Regional called Transitions. 

Studies show that older individuals are more susceptible to illness and mental disorders, and, if left untreated, these health problems can be life threatening. Discussing mental health can be difficult, but many mental disorders, including depression, can be managed with proper treatment. 
 
What are the warning signs of mental disorders?
  • Sudden social withdrawal
  • Loss of interest or apathy toward activities
  • Problems with concentration, memory, logical thought
  • Heightened sensitivity to sights, sounds, smells, or touch
  • Avoidance of over-stimulating situations
  • Anxiety or fear of others
  • Dramatic sleep and appetite changes
  • Sudden shifts in mood
 
If you suspect a family member has developed a mental disorder, or if he or she is showing early warning signs, it is important to seek medical attention. Above all, family involvement, support, and education are vital for the care of an older individual who has a mental disorder. 
 
Early intervention can make a significant difference in prevention and management of a mental disorder.
 
Senior Outpatient Behavioral Health-Transitions
 
Salt Lake Regional Transitions is designed for seniors age 55 and up who would benefit from an intensive outpatient program that includes medication management, specialized psychotherapy groups, individual psychotherapy, and family therapy services. The outpatient program and staff specialize in treating a wide range of metal health disorders with a multi-disciplinary and individualized approach. 
 
For more information, call 801-350-4777. 
 
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