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.

Anxiety Disorder

Everyone feels some degree of anxiety from time to time. But when this feeling becomes so intense and prolonged that it interferes with daily living, it is possible that an anxiety disorder could be the cause.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which an individual will experience an intense episode of anxiety commonly called a panic attack.


Phobias are a type of anxiety in which a person has developed a dreaded fear of an object, place, or circumstance.


Depression is a serious and common disorder of mood that involves mind, body and behavior. It affects the way you feel about yourself and others and the way you participate in life.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

OCD involves persistent and distressing thoughts (obsessions) over which a person feels no control. In response to these thoughts, people develop repetitive actions (compulsions) to try to prevent or reduce their obsession or prevent some dreaded event or situation from occurring.


Hoarding disorder involves the accumulation of things coupled with an inability to part from possessions to the point that an individual’s living space is no longer functional and has become hazardous.

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