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Loneliness is responsible for the increase of elderly people seeking psychiatric help in SP

61% of the cases seen in AME Psychiatry, the capital, are due to depression and anxiety disorders

 
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AME Psychiatrist works with social inserts that help combat psychiatric problems

A survey conducted by the Ministry of Health in Ambulatory Medical Specialties (AME) Psychiatry, specialized unit of the folder in Vila Maria, north of the state capital, indicates that 61% of the elderly have pictures of anxiety disorder and depression, and many suffer from loneliness.

The number of elderly patients in the unit, adding to the medical and non-medical (performed by psychologists, occupational therapists and nurses), was 960 in August 2012, number higher than in the same month of the year past (917) and nearly eight times higher than in August 2010 (124), the month in which the unit was inaugurated.

Depression and anxiety disorders have a negative impact on quality of life of patients in this age group, with direct consequences on health, since they are associated with a greater number of diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Addressing these issues is health care, says the director of the AME, Gerardo Araujo.

Besides medical care, the elderly undergoing treatment at AME Psychiatry also participate in activities of occupational therapy, such as group host, cognitive rehabilitation group, group of storytellers and crafts, such as painting on canvas, painting on objects , gossip and fine arts.

However, not only are the elderly patients who receive care during treatment. As caretakers of the elderly are up to four times more likely to develop depression than the general population, the AME Psychiatry also develops specific job for them through weekly meetings in groups when discussing the main difficulties faced during the routine care of the elderly.

The favoring of insertions family, emotional and social suffering of the elderly with psychiatric problems is one of the main objectives of the monitoring conducted by AME Psychiatry, explains the director of the unit.

Source: Isaude.net
   Palavras-chave:   Loneliness    Depression    Psychiatry    São Paulo    AME    St. Paul   
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