What Conditions Become Common As We Age?
Depression — The most common cause of inpatient hospitalization of persons over 60 is depression, though it is often misdiagnosed as another ailment. Seniors suffering from depression may be socially isolated, not enjoy the things which once gave them joy and purpose, or just maintain a sad disposition over a long period of time.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia — Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia is often what comes to mind first concerning mental health in older adults. Though treatment options exist for all types of dementia, effectiveness varies by type. Alzheimer’s Disease is one of several specific types of dementia that can be difficult to treat, while some forms of dementia, such as vascular dementia, are more easily treated.
Certain Psychotic Disorders — A diagnosis of paranoia is the most common psychosis seen in elderly patients. Seniors may suffer from delusions, hallucinations, or in rare cases, schizophrenia, all of which require treatment.
Alcohol and Substance Abuse — Especially common with prescription medication, seniors can fall prey to substance addictions and abuse. Alcohol abuse that may have started earlier in life can worsen when combined with another disorder, such as depression.