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Senior Mental Health Disorders

Posted by Conor Denton on Feb 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

As you age, senior mental health become more prominent in life. From Alzheimer’s to Dementia to PTSD, there is an abundance of health hazards that can pop up during your golden years. It’s imperative to have a keen awareness of these mental health deficiencies, so here are a few descriptions of the most common Mental Health disorders in the elderly.


Three Senior Mental Health Disorders


Senior man blanking staring into the distance while resting his head on his cane.


Alzheimer’s disease is a neuro-degenerative disease that accounts for roughly two-thirds of dementia-related cases in the elderly. Alzheimer’s worsens over time, and there is no cure and only limited temporary treatment. Symptoms include depression, loss of language functions, and mood swings to name a few. Scientists speculate that being at risk for Alzheimer’s could have genetic implications. Approximately seventy percent of risk attached to Alzheimer’s develops from familial traits. Other risk factors including traumatic head injuries and depression do play a part in developing Alzheimer’s; however, the big misconception about the disease in the public eye is glossing over genetics as a possible precursor to developing the disease. Sometimes the cause is simplistic. It’s not a brain injury or exposure to toxic chemicals, it’s just a disease that was imprinted on your DNA.



PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental disorder that develops after experiencing a traumatic event. Whether it be a car accident, natural disaster, or any other threat to one’s life, PTSD can alter how a person goes through their everyday life. Ways to help cope with PTSD include therapy and medication, with a slew of other treatments also being viable as well.

Antidepressants are the main treatment option, yet studies have shown that meds aren’t always the most effective way to treat this disease. Therapy is a vital source of personal expression and can significantly contribute to mental wellness. PTSD and its relation to seniors are simple; the longer you live the most likely you are to experience a traumatic event.


Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that causes massive mood swings in individuals and can affect the mood swings range from chronic depression to feeling abnormally energetic or happy. Similarly to PTSD, bipolar disorder can be triggered by long-term stress possibly originating from a previous traumatic experience. The most common forms of treatment for Bipolar Disorder include therapy and medication. Electroconvulsive therapy is also a method of treatment for the disease; however, this treatment method has yet to be well-studied by doctors and ECT is more specifically rendered for those who haven’t responded well to previous treatment options.


Next Steps

Mental disorders become more prevalent as you age. Accordingly, senior mental health is one of the most paramount concerns of anyone’s golden years. It’s imperative that you be well informed on the effects of senior mental health disorders; both mental and physical. If you are looking for senior care facilities with trusted treatment options, then look no further than Landmark Senior Living. With locations across the country, our senior living communities are guaranteed to offer affordable and professional care for your loved one.


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