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Leading U.S. Expert Offers Ten Warning Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health Problems in Elderly
Date:8/3/2009

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  • Decreased ability to think, concentrate or make decisions.
  • Repeated thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts.
  • Social withdrawal, change in activity level, loss of interest in hobbies. Irritability, quarrelsomeness.
  • Loss or increase in appetite or weight change.
  • Sleep changes such as insomnia or sleeping more than usual.
  • Change in appearance or standard of dress.
  • Aches, pains and other physical problems that cannot otherwise be explained.
  • Alcohol, drug abuse and/or misuse.
  • "Depression and other types of mental health issues can be sensitively and successfully treated," Dr. Nanda said. "However, it is critical to recognize the need in a timely way and be aware of the various signs." Dr. Nanda said if a problem is suspected, an individual should:

    • Talk with your physician, explain how you feel, and describe what is not normal for you. Have a list of all medications and vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements.
    • Talk to a trusted friend, family member or spiritual advisor.
    • Don't be shy or embarrassed. Explain how you feel. Remind your doctors and pharmacist about your medical history.
    • Ask for instructions in writing.
    • Contact general resources like the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation at GMHFonline.org or the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry at AAGPonline.org.

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