As many people live longer and healthier lives, the medical community is realizing that mental health is an important piece of the puzzle. Symptoms that are seen as natural consequences of getting older may actually be signs of a condition that requires treatment.
A report from the National Academy of Medicine indicates that as many as 1 in 5 adults has a mental health condition. To better understand the challenges facing older adults, and what can be done to recognize and address those conditions, we took a close look at the most common mental health issues among seniors.
SIDE EFFECTS OF MEDICATION
Older adults often have multiple prescriptions for multiple medical conditions, and some have powerful mood-related side effects that can be missed. Seniors also often see more than one medical provider, and the risk of complications and unforeseen interactions increases with the number of prescribers.
In addition, dosage recommendations are often based on healthy adults, and the needs of older patients with more compromised livers and kidneys may be overlooked.