In addition to being Mental Health Awareness Month, May is also Older Americans Month. During these difficult times, seniors are experiencing even more loneliness, anxiety, depression, and grief. Coping in quarantine is difficult and support is not readily available for many seniors who may be experiencing these symptoms.

Depression, anxiety, and substance use problems are not a normal part of aging. Left untreated, these conditions can lead to fatigue, illness, and even suicide.

Some warning signs may include:

  • Appearing sad or tearful
  • Appearing fearful or anxious
  • Appearing confused
  • Memory loss
  • Anger outbursts
  • Lack of self-care, such as not eating or bathing
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Problems in relationships
  • Other changes in behavior or mood

Mental health and wellbeing are equally important in older age as at any other time of life. At Chicago Behavioral Hospital, we understand the unique mental health needs of older adults and offer services that focus on the conditions and challenges they face. We offer inpatient and outpatient treatment that focus on helping older adults regain their functioning and independence.

For more information, please call 844-756-8600. Chicago Behavioral offers free mental health consultations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.