Feeling depressed or anxious does not have to be a part of getting older. If you are suffering from a mental health issue in what are supposed to be your golden years, let the mental health experts in the Sutter Health network help. Many mental health disorders can be successfully treated, no matter your age.
Older people can develop all of the common mental health issues: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance use disorders and others.
In addition, many older people are also dealing with emotional issues that all too often come with age: the death of a spouse or close friend, changing roles in retirement, a reduced income, isolation and changes in a living situation. Many are also dealing with multiple physical health issues, which can add to mental health problems.
Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step to effective treatment. When you see a mental healthcare provider in the Sutter Health network, we’ll assess you for common mental health conditions. We’ll also do a thorough assessment for dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease) and other cognitive issues, as well as medical conditions such as hypertension, coronary artery disease, kidney disease, vitamin deficiencies and diabetes.
We’ll also take a close look at all the medications you take. Common health conditions and some medications can cause symptoms that look like mental health issues. In some cases, a simple medication adjustment or treatment for a physical problem can lead to big improvements in mental health.
If you do need treatment for a mental health condition, we have many options: individual and group counseling, partial hospitalization programs, and inpatient hospitalization stays. Several of these programs have been designed specifically with the needs of the older person in mind.
Many people find that our group counseling and educational programs are particularly helpful, as they allow older people—who are often isolated from others in the community—to get support from their peers and form new social bonds. We have groups that focus on issues such as coping with aging, coping with depression and loneliness, grief support, dealing with family dynamics, the effects of drugs and alcohol and stress reduction.
Case managers at some facilities can also help people to access other services in the community, such as transportation and meal help.
There’s no reason to spend your older years feeling unhappy and isolated. Give us a call and let us help you return to good mental health.