What is a Senior Behavioral Health Unit?

A Senior Behavioral Health is a psychiatric unit designed specifically in mind for the geriatric population. It addresses common mental health issues facing the elderly such as: depression, grief, anxiety, dementia related issues, and other mental health diagnoses. The age requirement on most units is 65, although some units admit patients 55 and older. The diversity of patient priorities and needs requires that a variety of group activities be utilized. The objective is to provide

Why Would You Want to Learn to Tap?

Traumas and events can create illness.  How can that be? When we become distressed we can constrict good blood flow, we may choose to lie in bed, not eat nutritionally and the end result is poor health mentally as well as physically. What can we do about it?  In the last edition I mentioned some general techniques such as meditation, yoga, exercise, as well as Tapping or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).  This remarkable technique has

Memory Loss: My Parent is Forgetful – Is it Serious?

Caregivers wonder about signs indicating a loved one may have Alzheimer’s or dementia. Is simple forgetfulness an indicator? Is the type of forgetfulness a factor? How complicated is memory loss to diagnose? How might I notice true forgetfulness in a loved one? Isn’t becoming forgetful as we age normal? There is a term called “cognitive control” that means the ability to coordinate, organize behavior, plan, and reason which are considered higher order brain processes that

The Proposition for the Second Half of Our Lives

“Today YOU are YOU.  That is truer then true.  There is no one alive, who is YOUER then YOU.” Dr.  Seuss, the wisest person ever, gave us permission to take care of us.  It is vital to ensure YOU are ok and your life is going in the direction YOU want it to be going in. According to Erik Ericson, a developmental psychologist known for his theory on psychosocial development of human beings, his 7th

Elderly Depression

  Depression in the elderly is common, but that does not mean it’s a normal part of aging. Seniors are expected to slow down, so the signs of depression may get missed, delaying effective treatment and forcing many to struggle unnecessarily for years. Understanding Depression There are many changes later in life that could lead to depression, including loss of independence, death of friends of relatives, financial concerns, medical issues or moving away from home

Why Seek Inpatient Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction?

It happens every day – people go to the doctor and obtain a prescription for medication to treat a physical problem. Most people take their medication exactly as directed for the time prescribed and stop without any problems. Some people, however, are attracted to the psychoactive properties of certain medications, notably prescription painkillers, anxiolytic medications, and stimulants. If you’re addicted to prescription medication, you’re probably spending a great deal of time obtaining new prescriptions to