Human Services Corner

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

One in five Americans has a mental illness and many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. The symptoms of mental illness can be difficult to detect — even when friends and family of someone who appears to be developing a mental illness can tell that something is amiss, they may not know how to intervene or direct the person to proper treatment. Far too many (up to two-thirds) go without treatment or significantly delay seeking services.   For more information, visit the Community Service Board website.

Is it Dementia or Depression?

If your senior loved one is experiencing symptoms like these...

  • Decreased concentration
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Memory Loss
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Irritability, agitation and restlessness

Don’t assume it is the early signs of dementia. Think again. It might be very treatable depression. Find out more, read Depression in the Elderly.

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