Mental Health & Life Cycle

Learn the basics about some common mental health problems, and life cycle and social issues that effect many seniors. Your primary care doctor may help you manage some of these problems. Your doctor may also refer you to a mental health specialist or a human services agency for these services.

If you do not see a topic of interest to you, please try the A to Z listing of health conditions.

recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Alcohol Abuse and Dependence
Caregiver Secrets
Confusion, Memory Loss, and Altered Alertness
Domestic Violence
Elder Abuse
Family Life Cycle
Grief and Grieving
Mental Health Problems and Mind-Body Wellness

decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Should I take medications to treat depression?

action sets
Action Sets are designed to help you take an active role in managing a health condition. Action Sets provide the tools and information you can use in the day-to-day management of your health conditions.
Helping a person get treatment for alcohol abuse or dependence
Helping older adults who are grieving
How to stop drinking alcohol on your own
To learn more about mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and related problems, visit the Emotional Well-Being Resource Center . Here you will find additional articles, organizations, and resources.
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just select your medications to learn more about them. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Eldercare Locator
FirstGov for Seniors
MEDLINEplus—Elder Abuse
National Center on Elder Abuse
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

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Last modified on: 30 June 2015

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