As the population ages and Baby Boomers enter their senior years, it should be noted that an Institute of Medicine panel recently pointed out that one in five seniors has a mental health or substance abuse problem. The panel went on to say that theirs is a conservative estimate that does not include a number of disorders, the most common of which are depressive disorders and psychiatric symptoms related to dementia. To complicate matters, older individuals with mental health issues often face age-related physical challenges as well. Grief related to losing a spouse or close friend may also complicate the picture by producing symptoms that closely resemble major depression. These are issues for seniors and their families to carefully consider.

Of course, no matter what your age, if you’re dealing with mental health issues or substance abuse problems, it’s vital that you seek help. You need to call our office right away. Our compassionate counselors can provide you with proven techniques for dealing with your issues, regardless of age. We can also help you if you’re wrestling with grief, stress, or anxiety. If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 800-325-1192. Our address is 180 10th St. SE, Suite 201, Le Mars. Helping people with everyday living.

P.S. Middle-age is the most common time in life for the onset of depression.