Common Signs of Mental Health Concerns

Posted 5/16/2022 in Senior Life Solutions

Brought to you by Regional Medical Center, Senior Life Solutions

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Regional Medical Center’s (RMC) Senior Life Solutions (SLS) is raising awareness about the signs, symptoms, and risk factors regarding mental health and how to know when to seek help. Over the past couple of years, mental health has moved to the forefront for many. An increasing number of individuals are beginning to see it for what it is; a vital component of your overall health and well-being. 

“Understanding the signs and symptoms of a mental health condition is the first step to a happier, healthier life,” shares Bobbi Rowe, RMC Senior Life Solutions Program Director. “The next step to understanding mental health is knowing that mental health conditions are common and treatable. It’s so important for us to keep working to break down the stigma against mental health and to ensure people receive the help they need.”

There is often no single cause for a mental health condition. Instead, many possible risk factors can influence how likely a person is to experience a mental condition or how severe the symptoms may be. It may be hard to talk about your concerns, but simply acknowledging that you’re struggling is a huge step. 

  • Have things that used to feel easy started feeling difficult?
  • Does the idea of doing daily tasks like making your bed now feel really, really hard?
  • Have you lost interest in activities and hobbies that you once enjoyed?
  • Do you feel irritated, possibly to the point of lashing out at those close to you? 

Senior Life Solutions is a program designed to meet the unique needs of individuals typically 65 and older experiencing depression and/or anxiety related to the life changes that are often associated with aging. If you need more information, education, or would like to discuss support, please call 563-927-7560 or visit regmedctr.org/seniorlifesolutions.