What Do We Treat?
Depression: Symptoms can include altered sleep or appetite, decreased energy, poor concentration, thoughts of self-harm, loss of interest, and low self esteem. Anxiety: Major changes in health, independence, and familiar surroundings commonly cause anxiety. While the significant life changes cannot be altered, the anxiety associated with them can be treated.
Psychosis: Person may see or hear things that are not real (hallucinations), or have thoughts that are not based on reality (delusions). Paranoia is common and aggression may also be present.
Dementia: Onset of age, certain disorders (such as Parkinson's), cardiovascular accidents (strokes), or head injuries can cause or contribute to brain abnormalities that affect judgment, memory and orientation.
Symptoms appropriate for evaluation are:
- Any unexplained or recent-onset behavioral change affecting safety or quality of life
- Disorientation or confusion, poor reality orientation
- Serious memory impairment
- Sudden inability to care for ones self at home
- Threats or attempts to harm self or others
- Decrease in concentration or cognitive ability
- Drug abuse or non-compliance with medications
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
- Decreased energy level or isolative behaviors
- Seeing or hearing things that are not present
- Paranoia or delusional thoughts
- Extreme or unexplained anxiety or panic