Millions of Americans are living with various types of neuropsychiatric conditions such as anxiety or panic attacks, PTSD, depression, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Such chronic behavioral and emotional disorders can have psychiatric, neurological or medical causes. Treatment at a compassionate psychiatric hospital will rely on an interdisciplinary team of psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists and medical doctors for diagnosis and treatment. The goal is to provide care for the body and soul.
Detailed neuropsychiatric evaluations are carried out to identify a treatment that is suitable for the geriatric and adult population with acute neuropsychiatric conditions. Art therapy, music and occupational therapy as well as recreational therapy are used in a caring and comfortable setting.
- Social anxiety disorders remain untreated
Around 40 million adults over the age of 18 years suffer from anxiety disorders. This makes it the commonest form of mental illness in the U.S., affecting 18% of the population. The number of people suffering from anxiety disorders surpasses depression. Around 10% of all teens and 40% of all adults are estimated to suffer from some kind of anxiety disorder. In the U.S. alone, 7.7 million people have PTSD, 15 millions have a social anxiety disorder and 6 million suffer from panic disorder.
Anxiety disorders can be treated successfully through therapy and/or medication, but as many as two thirds of adult sufferers don’t seek treatment. The number of teens suffering from anxiety disorders who actually receive treatment is even lower, with just one in five seeking treatment.
Depression is one of the commonest neuropsychiatric conditions worldwide, with an estimated 350 million sufferers worldwide. Each year, the number of people diagnosed as suffering from depression increases by 20%. Depression affects all categories of people, but women are 70% more likely than men to suffer depression at some time in their lives.
As is the case with anxiety disorders, the majority of cases of depression go untreated. As many as 80% of people displaying symptoms of clinical depression don’t receive any treatment.
- Parkinson’s disease
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder that affects people over the age of 50, except in around 4% of cases, which are diagnosed at an earlier age. Worldwide, it is estimated that there are 7 to 10 million people with Parkinson’s disease. Around 60,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Thousands of cases remain undiagnosed.
- Alzheimer’s disease
The number of people in the U.S. is currently estimated to be suffering from Alzheimer’s is 5.3 million, as of 2015. The number is expected to grow, with a new case of dementia being diagnosed every 4 seconds. Worldwide, the number of dementia sufferers is an estimated 47.5 million. This number is projected to grow, to 75.6 million by 2030. By 2050, the number of dementia sufferers is expected to triple. There is no known cure or even reliable treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and in one out of three seniors the disease is terminal.
Many of these neuropsychiatric conditions cannot be treated adequately in a medical setting, since treatment includes both medication and therapy. Especially for geriatric cases, a specialist acute care facility can provide the compassionate care and treatment needed.