According to the website MentalHealthAmerica.net, more than 2 million seniors in the United States suffer from depression. Those numbers are probably, in reality, much higher. Depression isn’t a natural part of growing older, and it’s a concern that more and more seniors are tackling head on. Many seniors are choosing to take part in psychotherapy for the first time in their lives. Why are so many mental health professionals seeing more retirees in their office?
- The attitudes towards mental health are changing. For many people over the age of 65, mental health issues were seen as a kind of weakness. Admitting that you were depressed was basically admitting to being a failure. Today, however, the attitude towards mental health is much more enlightened. People understand that depression and anxiety have more to do with brain chemistry than anything else. Admitting that you need help doesn’t have to be shameful experience and the rewards can be enormous.
- There are more seniors now than ever before. The Baby Boomer generation was the largest American generation ever, and that boom in the population is getting older. More and more Baby Boomers are retiring. The simple increase in the number of seniors in the United States means there are older people looking for mental health care in greater numbers.
- Access to mental health care is improving. Medicare covers many aspects of mental health care including psychotherapy. Thanks to better access to better mental health services, people are more willing to take part in talk therapy. Since it doesn’t require running up a huge bill or diving into their retirement savings accounts, more seniors are willing to try it and see if it works for them.
What Seniors Want to Talk About During Psychotherapy
What seniors talk about the most during psychotherapy is as varied as the seniors themselves. Some seniors are dealing with feelings of loneliness, as their friends and family start to pass away and they live further from the people that they know. Others realize they’ve been carrying around issues for decades and decide they are finally done carrying that burden. Some seniors want to talk about the end of their lives, how health issues are affecting them and preparing to face their own death. These are all big issues and seniors are finding relief and freedom for the first time as they sit down on a psychotherapist’s couch and start their journey through talk therapy.
If you are a senior who is considering psychotherapy in Long Island, take the time to find a therapist you connect with and who understands the issues that you are facing. Therapists can help with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, and so much more. There is no expiration date on dealing with your mental health. The team at Long Island Counseling would love to meet with you and introduce you to psychotherapy and show you how it can help you overcome issues you’ve been dealing with your entire life. Get in touch with us by giving us a call or contacting us through our website today.