What conditions do we treat?
The following is a non-inclusive list some of the conditions we treat that are prevalent in older adults. The list below is a representation of symptoms associated with the disorders, however, a clinician is best suited to make an appropriate assessment and diagnosis.
- including generalized anxiety and panic disorder, occurs when feelings of uneasiness and apprehension over normal life stressors becomes overwhelming that it can interfere with a person’s physical and mental health.
– a mood disorder in which a person experiences powerful swings between periods of mania (feeling “up”) and depression (feeling “down”). Formerly referred to as manic-depressive illness, it can cause significant disruptions in a person’s ability to function on a daily basis.
- characterized by physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion caused from a person neglecting their own health because they are focused on caring for an ill, injured, or disabled loved one.
- a condition in which a person develops difficulties with cognitive function (memory, judgement, ability to reason, etc. ) severe enough to affect daily activities. It can also be associated with depression or anxiety in the beginning stages and escalate to agitation or aggression in later stages.
- a mood disorder that is more than just “feeling down” or “blue”. When severe, it can affect a person’s ability to function. Associated symptoms can include persistent sadness, withdrawing from others, feelings of uselessness, loss of interest or motivation, weight changes, difficulty sleeping, loss of energy, and suicidal thoughts. In older adults, symptoms of depression can also mimic memory loss, physical discomforts, and illness.
- while everyone forgets things sometimes, it is important to see a doctor if forgetfulness starts to interfere with daily activities. Memory loss is not always associated with dementia; in some cases it is a symptom of depression, anxiety, medication side effects, and/or poor sleep.
- an anxiety disorder characterized by recurring, unwanted thoughts/ideas/sensations (obsessions) that make people feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions). These behaviors can include hand washing, checking on things, or cleaning that can be severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily activities and social interactions.
- an anxiety disorder that some people develop after seeing or living through a dangerous or traumatic event. The “flight of fight” reaction that is normal at the time can linger long after the danger has passed. Associated symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety.
- when a person is unable to distinguish between what is reality and what is not. It may involve seeing or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations) or false beliefs (delusions). It can be a symptom of schizophrenia, bipolar, severe depression, or delirium.
-a combination of psychotic symptoms (such as hallucinations or delusions) and mood disorder symptoms (such as depression or mania) that can significantly impair a person’s ability to function normally.
- a serious psychiatric disorder that causes a variety of problems which can impair normal functioning. Symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, extremely disordered thinking and behaviors.
– the persistent use of addictive substances including alcohol, stimulants, and prescription drugs (benzodiazepines, stimulants, opioids) in spite of negative consequences to health or worsening problems at work or at home.