Common Mental Health Concerns
In later life, mental illness symptoms tend to be more physical. Fatigue, muscle aches, pain, sleeplessness and digestive problems are common examples of the physical manifestation of a mental disorder. With any concerning change in an older adult’s physical condition, especially if the older person is taking medication, a health care provider should be consulted. Conditions such as vitamin deficiency, thyroid disorder, infection, and medication side effects must be ruled out or treated before a mental disorder can be appropriately determined.