1 in 4 of us will experience some kind of mental illness in the course of a year
Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental disorder in the UK
Depression affects 1 in 5 older people
Symptoms such as low mood, excessive worries and memory problems may be related to an underlying mental illness.
Other symptoms may include:
Non refreshing sleep
Lack of enjoyment
It is important to seek expert help early to make the correct diagnosis, a full assessment includes:
Taking a comprehensive history
Assessment of mental state
Assessment of cognitive/memory functions
Identifying any physical illnesses
Relevant blood tests
Investigations such as brain scans
Identifying the underlying cause early significantly improves the chances of making a complete recovery.
Once correctly diagnosed, most mental illnesses are treatable with a combination of modern pharmacological treatments and psychological therapies.
Treatment regime would be tailored individually according to symptoms and the underlying condition.
Treatment goals would be to reach full remission of symptoms, regain activities of daily living - whilst maintain a feeling of wellbeing