Mental Disturbances in Older Age

Older age is a complex time for many. It consists of the culmination of one’s life achievements and the consolidation of wisdom. However, older age can also bring many challenges to a person’s life. Signifiant health issues and changes to one’s health are a common concern, as well as adjusting to changing personal circumstances such as retirement from work, changing relationships within family, and changes romantic and interpersonal connections. Death of loved ones can also contribute to difficulty during this period of life. Taken together, older age can be a very challenging time that requires careful adjustment.

Sometimes, these challenges can get the better of us and leave you feeling hopeless, flat, depressed, or anxious. Health and personal experiences are fundamental to our life, and issues within these domains can be overwhelming, daunting and contribute to long-term mental health issues.

Older age is also a unique genetic and biological period. There are many changes cognitively, psychologically and physically. These changes can contribute to novel mental health conditions. For example, dementia or cognitive decline, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions, and respiratory diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). These conditions can often have signifiant mental health consequences. Even fear of falling (FOF) can have a detrimental impact on one’s life in older age.

Addressing these concerns is important, and MVS Group are well experienced in treating mental health issues in older age. Our director, Max von Sabler, is a consultant clinical psychologist in older-age and geriatric mental health at Monash Health. Rest assured, we are here to help you.

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Psychodynamic

Psychodynamic psychotherapy takes a holistic and syndromic view of an individual and their experiences.
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Schema Therapy

Schema therapy attempts to identify the deeper patterns and themes of a person’s life and address these in therapy.
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DBT, a form of cognitive behaviour therapy, is designed to help people change unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving while also accepting who they are.
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Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Often disturbing events happen in our lives that stay with us. The brain cannot process information as it ordinarily does.
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