Geropsychiatry services at Greenville Health System provide assessment and treatment of psychiatric illness in senior adults (age 60 or older). Our inpatient program focuses on current symptoms that require acute inpatient treatment such that a lower level of care is inadequate. As a result of treatment, current symptoms can be expected to improve significantly through medically necessary and appropriate therapy.
Our experienced team of professionals evaluates elderly adults for signs of depression, bipolar illness, anxiety, psychosis and other mood disorders. The goal is for these patients to benefit not only from psychopharmacological (medication) interventions but also from groups and activities that are designed to help promote safety and overall well-being. With this emphasis on participation in groups and activities, it is important that patients on this unit not be significantly cognitively impaired so that they can fully benefit from being in this inpatient setting.
In many cases older adults do not realize they are depressed. However, they can still have major depression issues.
Here are some signs to look for:
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
- Memory lapse
- Lack of motivation
- Slowed movement
- Loss of interest in socialization
- Neglecting personal care
In severe cases, patients can develop symptoms of psychosis including but not limited to hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia.