Mental illness and aging can often be a double stigma. There are more than 6 million Americans 85 and older. The number of Americans 85 and older will triple by the year 2050, when the youngest baby boomers turn 86.Older adults and care partners are less likely to identify a problem as a symptom of a mental health disorder. Furthermore, older adults have high rates of late onset mental health disorders (anxiety/depression) and low rates of identification and treatment. Even “mild” mental illness symptoms can have catastrophic consequences in vulnerable older adults. I have experience and training helping older adults and their care givers recognize early warning signs and developing support and support plans. Contact me for a free 20 minute consultation or to schedule an appointment.
Anxiety is a real mental and physical reaction. It is not about will power or anything you are doing wrong. It is a emotional and physical experience that often develops into learned coping skill, as maladaptive as it may be. You can understand how this happened and you can learn another way to be.
Depression is a treatable condition with many facets. The strategies we will develop will be across many facets. A comprehensive approach to support and treatment is what is called for and what will help.
I am one of the few private practice clinicians with expertise in and a dedication to helping individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses such as, psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar, major depressive disorder.
Inexperienced helpers often can’t provide the broader range of support needed by people experiencing psychosis. Treatment needs are often misunderstood or helpers are often fearful, frustrated or unaware of the types of support and resources that are needed.
Individuals experiencing psychosis or severe mood swings need someone with experience, empathy, patience.
I can provide a comprehensive support plan that not only includes regular convenient sessions but also email and text support.