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The additional burdens of old age, such as poorer health and loss of independence, increase the risk of mental health disorders. SIPMD, based in Surprise, Arizona, has a network of specialist physicians delivering psychiatric services to residents in assisted living, independent living, group homes, senior retirement, and memory care communities. You can benefit from their expertise in psychiatry without leaving your home, either by using SIPMD’s secure telehealth option or by arranging a home visit. To learn more, call or use the online booking form today.

Psychiatry Q&A

What is psychiatry?

Psychiatry is a medical field focusing on diagnosing and treating mental health disorders. Psychiatrists are medical doctors specializing in diseases that affect the way you think, such as:


Depression causes you to feel low and miserable most or all of the time for an extended period. Patients with depression frequently feel negative and damaging emotions, including hopelessness, guilt, shame, self-loathing, and despair. 

Severe major depressive disorder can lead to thoughts of suicide.


Generalized anxiety disorder makes everything in your life, from driving a car or being at work to your health and home life, a constant source of excessive worrying and fear. Anxiety disorders include phobias, irrational but extreme fear felt in specific situations like flying or seeing a spider.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

PTSD affects some people who witness or are involved in a traumatic event. It’s also possible for someone who experiences long-standing abuse to develop complex PTSD. Symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks, and avoidance behaviors that interfere with everyday life.

Substance use disorders

Substance use disorders might consist of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol or an addiction to prescription medications.

The SIPMD psychiatrists also care for older people who have Alzheimer’s disease and other kinds of dementia.

What risk factors increase the need for psychiatry in older people?

Older people have many of the same risk factors for developing psychiatric problems as younger people, such as a family history of depression or dementia and chronic stress. Risks that are more common in older people include:

Multiple health problems

Serious conditions like heart disease, arthritis, and dementia are more likely to develop as you age. In addition, many people have two or more health problems, which further increases the risk of depression.


The number of medicines you take is liable to increase as you get older. Some cause side effects that impact mental health, while prescription painkillers and other drugs may lead to addiction.

Challenges of aging

Issues that tend to arise when you’re older, like mobility problems, diminishing strength, failing eyesight, and loss of independence, are all factors that increase the risk of poor mental health.

What treatments are used in psychiatry?

The psychiatric practitioners from SIPMD offer expert assessment of mental health disorders and a variety of treatments, such as psychotherapy (talk therapies), antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, and medication management.

They also help you manage your underlying medical disorders to reduce your risk of mental health problems. Your SIPMD provider might work with a clinical health psychologist to address the links between mental and physical health.

To take advantage of SIPMD’s high-quality psychiatry services, call or use the online booking form today to schedule a telehealth consultation or a home visit.