Mental Health Problems
Although mental health problems are not a normal part of aging, it is estimated that more than one in five older Americans suffer from a mental health condition or a substance use disorder. The most common mental health issues for older adults are anxiety and depression which often go hand-in-hand and which are among the most treatable mental health conditions. Issues of loss -- of loved ones, of employment, of physical health and functioning-- and of social isolation can often precipitate or worsen these mental health issues. Sometimes older adults identify only physical symptoms such as fatigue, aches and pains and loss of energy or they assume that these feelings are a normal part of aging. This can make identifying and treating mental health issues more complicated and can delay the older adult getting support and relief for their symptoms.
Stressed out by changes and challenges as you become an older adult?
Signs You Need Help
C4 offers a variety of counseling services including group, individual and family counseling which are helpful in dealing with a range of stresses and life struggles. A C4 counselor can help you determine the services that may work best for you. One approach which can be helpful for people struggling with depression and anxiety is cognitive behavior therapy or CBT. This is based on the understanding that our thoughts can affect the way we feel and that changing repetitive negative thoughts can help with sad and anxious feelings. For more information on C4 counseling services or to set up an appointment, call 773.769.0205.