It is not uncommon for family, friends, or caregivers to be the first to become aware of many behavioral disorders. Changes in moods or relationship can be symptoms of underlying behavioral problems. It’s okay to ask questions and to help a loved one seek care.
Remember that treatment providers will not disclose patient information without a release. If you are planning to assist a patient with treatment or coordination of care make sure the treatment provider has had the patient sign a release so we can talk with you.
When assisting youth in treatment most evidence based treatment practices encourage at least one parent to participate. Our message to you… be involved. Know where the course of treatment is headed. Know the goals, and help practice at home what is learned in therapy. Ask your treatment team how to participate in care.
Depression and mild dementia are not uncommon as people advance in age. Family members should encourage loved one to assess and treat these conditions when appropriate. There are many therapeutic and medical treatments that can treat symptoms and improve quality of life as people age.
Keep in mind that certain medical conditions (including urinary tract infection, and some forms of chronic pain) can manifest like mental health conditions. These conditions are easy to treat.