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DSM-5 Diagnostic Pocket Guide for Elder Mental Health

DSM-5 Diagnostic Pocket Guide for Elder Mental Health

A significant gap exists between mental health professionals and the number of senior adults in need of their help. It’s estimated that there is only one geriatric psychiatrist for every 23,000 senior adults in the U.S. By 2030, that number is expected to be one for every

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD as it is commonly referred to, is a chronic, prolonged disorder in which people struggle with overwhelming, recurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that individuals need to repeat constantly.  OCD can manifest itself through symptoms with either obsessions or compulsions or the

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Bipolar Disorder Affects All Ages

Bipolar Disorder Affects All Ages

An all-too-common stereotype is the grumpy old man yelling at kids to get off his lawn. But irritability and crankiness aren’t necessarily natural components of aging. In the elderly, they might be a sign to consider something more severe. Bipolar disorder, a chronic mental illness with a

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Independence Day Fireworks May Cause PTSD Episode

Independence Day Fireworks May Cause PTSD Episode

Independence Day.  The day we, together as a nation, celebrate our country’s freedom.  Fourth of July activities include enormous town and city celebrations or intimate backyard barbecues, homemade ice cream and the pop, crack and colors of fireworks.  While the explosion of fireworks may be festive for

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Alzheimer’s Disease: New Research Shows the Impact

Alzheimer’s Disease: New Research Shows the Impact

When the Alzheimer’s Association released new figures in 2017 about the disease, one figure stood out: 1. That is the number of diseases in the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States that do not have a cure or prevention—and cannot be slowed. This

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Elder Abuse Can Take on Many Forms

Elder Abuse Can Take on Many Forms

Abuse of the most vulnerable of society is unthinkable. But when it comes to elders, it is somewhat hidden. There is no uniform reporting system for elder abuse—making it difficult to determine just how prevalent the problem is. A study by the National Institute of Justice found

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD as it is commonly referred to, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to an actual traumatic event or even the potential for a situation causing tremendous physical harm.  Many clinicians who diagnose PTSD refer to traumatic events as ones

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Repeated Head Trauma May Be Cause of Erratic Behavior, Impaired Judgment

Repeated Head Trauma May Be Cause of Erratic Behavior, Impaired Judgment

Erratic behavior, balance issues, depression, impaired judgment and other concerns often associated with aging and age-related conditions may actually be due to something else. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is progressive degenerative disease of the brain, resulting from repeated impact to the head. First recognized in boxers, CTE

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Homecare and Behavioral Health

Homecare and Behavioral Health

As the majority of America’s population ages, the need for behavioral health services continues to increase.  Recent data estimates that twenty percent of adults aged 65 and older meet the criteria for a mental disorder, including dementia, so behavioral health is a primary concern for our older

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Self-Medicating for Depression May Hurt Rather Than Help

Self-Medicating for Depression May Hurt Rather Than Help

It’s true: We all do things now and again to help us feel better. But when a person repeats those behaviors in an attempt to manage depression, improvement may not be the result. Self-medication for depression can take many forms; drugs or alcohol may immediately come to

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