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Geriatric Psychiatry

Geriatric Psychiatrist in Boynton Beach, FL

The specialty of geriatric psychiatry is concerned with the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders in the elderly. These disorders include dementia, sleep difficulties, anxiety, as well as late-life depression and psychosis. For more information, contact us today or book an appointment online. We have a convenient location to serve you at 10301 Hagen Ranch Rd Suite D720, Boynton Beach, FL 33437.

Geriatric Psychiatrist in Boynton Beach, FL
Geriatric Psychiatrist in Boynton Beach, FL

Table of Contents:

What do geriatric psychiatrists do?
What are the common diagnoses in Geriatric Psychiatry?
What are the mental disorders of the elderly?

Access to high-quality psychiatric care is essential for many individuals undergoing periods of significant change, trauma, or stress, regardless of age. Geriatric psychiatry is a less commonly known field of psychiatric care but is necessary to provide the support and treatment that many patients need to navigate their later years. 

What do geriatric psychiatrists do?


At all significant stages of our lives where we tend to undergo a great deal of changes (including physical, mental, and lifestyle), psychiatric support is recommended to provide additional support and to ease the transitions. Adults transitioning into geriatric ages (65 and older) undergo many biological and psychosocial changes, with many also suffering from acute or chronic health conditions or mental disorders that often go undetected as there is so much complexity about these concerns. Psychiatrists who provide care for geriatric patients will typically focus on evaluating, preventing, diagnosing, and treating their patients for mental and emotional disorders to improve their mental health regardless of their physical health status. They can provide care for patients who are in a variety of situations, including through nursing homes, assisted living facilities, veteran care centers, in-patient centers, and private practices. 

Geriatric psychiatrists also provide care for patients who are in intensive need when they are nearing the end of their lives, supporting the patients as they are faced with difficult medical decisions or facts of life. Similarly providing care to most psychiatrists, geriatric psychiatrists will commence sessions with patients with interviews to determine their concerns and symptoms, if they have any pre-existing conditions, and if they are currently taking any medications, but will also consult with the patient’s family for a bit more information regarding the patient’s mental health in cases where the patient may not be able to accurately articulate their symptoms. In many cases where the mental disorders of the patient are more progressed, the psychiatrist will coordinate with the family members who are responsible for providing the patient with care. 

What are the common diagnoses in Geriatric Psychiatry?


Geriatric psychiatrists provide general mental health support and treatments for a wide range of mental health disorders and even for patients who are just generally struggling to cope with the changes that come with the aging process or want additional support to navigate bereavement and death. Common diagnoses provided by geriatric psychiatrists include:

• Anxiety, depression, or stress
• Delirium
• Insomnia or other types of sleep disorders
• Schizophrenia
• Dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other memory problems
• Parkinson’s disease
• Chronic pain
• Emotional symptoms as a result of other medical disorders such as diabetes or a stroke

The top three most common diagnoses made by geriatric psychiatrists are delirium, depression, and dementia, all of which are very complex conditions that require professional support for proper management. 

What are the mental disorders of the elderly?


Those aged 65 and older are often at an increased risk of developing mental health disorders, with mood disorders, anxiety, and severe cognitive impairment being common mental disorders among this population. Some factors that have been shown to affect the mental health of the elderly include the increased chances of experiencing life-changing events that have an impact on their mental health, such as a drop in income, retirement affecting their sense of purpose, losing a loved one, caring for a loved one with a serious or chronic illness, or being diagnosed themselves with a serious illness. These changes and traumatic or adverse events can build up throughout their lifetime, leading to feelings of social isolation, grief, loneliness, increased psychological distress, and even a decline in functional ability. 

Around 1 in 4 senior citizens experience feelings of loneliness and social isolation, increasing their risks of developing mental health conditions. The physical health of an individual can also have a direct impact on their mental health, with many elders who have poor physical health, perhaps living with chronic illnesses, neurological conditions, or who have substance abuse problems being at an increased risk of depression and anxiety. 

Additionally, elder abuse is much more prevalent than most people realize, with 1 in 6 older adults experiencing abuse that can include any verbal, psychological, physical, sexual, financial abuse, or neglect. Any form of abuse will negatively affect the mental health of individuals, often leading to the development of depression and anxiety. For more information, contact us today or book an appointment online. We have a convenient location to serve you at 10301 Hagen Ranch Rd Suite D720, Boynton Beach, FL 33437. We serve patients from Boynton Beach FL, Delray Beach FL, Palm Beach Gardens FL, Jupiter FL, Stuart FL, Palm City FL, Royal Palm Beach FL, Wellington FL, Vero Beach FL, Citrus Ridge FL, Plantation FL, Sunrise FL, Jacksonville FL, Riverside FL, and surrounding areas.

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL

  • 3365 Burns Road Suite 203 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
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Royal Palm Beach, FL

  • 420 South State Road 7 Suite 112 Royal Palm Beach, FL 33414
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Boynton Beach, FL

  • 10301 Hagen Ranch Rd Suite D720, Boynton Beach, FL 33437
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Stuart, FL

  • 1111 SE Federal Highway, Suite 330, Stuart, FL 34994
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Vero Beach, FL

  • 3745 11th Circle Suite 109 Vero Beach, FL 32960
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Port St. Lucie, FL

  • 266 NW Peacock Blvd Suite 203 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
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Plantation, FL

  • 8030 Peters Road Suite D106 Plantation, FL 33324
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Jacksonville, FL

  • 2950 Halcyon Lane Suite 605 Jacksonville, FL 32223
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