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Physicians Guide

Target Population

  • Patients 55+ years of age
  • Patients living independently, in assisted living, or nursing homes
  • Patients who have the ability to learn and process new information
  • Patients who experience a decline in cognitive functioning
  • Patients diagnosed with Dementia experiencing behavioral problems

Presenting Symptoms:

  • Depression • Excessive guilt • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Social withdrawal • Thoughts of suicide • Anxiety
  • Lack of energy • Panic attacks • Sleep disturbance
  • Phobias • Appetite disturbance • Mood swings
  • Poor concentration • Delusions • Slowed thinking
  • Hallucinations

Common Patient Situations:
Does the patient…

  • Repeatedly call or visit your office with vague, shifting complaints such as fatigue and pain? Is there no medical basis for these complaints?
  • Have chronic medical problems such as diabetes or COPD, comply poorly with treatment, and seem hopeless?
  • Have a history of loss with extended grief reaction?
  • Present with complaints of memory/concentration problems or deteriorating cognitive status without a history of dementia?
  • Seek out multiple doctors requesting pain or anxiety medication?
  • Present often to the Emergency Room with panic symptoms?
  • Reside in a nursing home and present as irritable, withdrawn, and refusing activities?

If the answer to any of these questions is “YES” please consider a referral to our Senior Behavioral Health Services at Girard Medical Center in Girard, KS.

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