Is it Mental Illness or Aging? 10 Symptoms of Mental Illness

Answer:

As our loved ones age, it’s natural for some changes to occur. Regular forgetfulness is one thing, however; persistent memory loss or cognitive impairment is another thing and potentially serious. The same goes for extreme anxiety or long-term depression. Caregivers should keep an eye out for the following warning signs, which could indicate a mental health concern:

  1. Sad or depressed mood lasting longer than two weeks
  2. Social withdrawal; loss of interest in things that used to be enjoyable
  3. Unexplained fatigue, energy loss, or sleep changes
  4. Confusion, disorientation, problems with concentration or decision-making
  5. Increase or decrease in appetite; changes in weight
  6. Memory loss, especially recent or short-term memory problems
  7. Feelings of worthlessness, inappropriate guilt, helplessness; thoughts of suicide
  8. Physical problems that can’t otherwise be explained: aches, constipation, etc.
  9. Changes in appearance or dress, or problems maintaining the home or yard
  10. Trouble handling finances or working with numbers

This information was obtained from A Place for Mom 2014