Geriatric Psychiatrist In Pune

Old age a time when a person has dutifully fulfilled all the responsibilities of their family and retires. As a person tends to get old a sense of insecurity slowly steps in. There is not only deterioration in the physical health of old people, but they tend to face mental traumas too. Geriatric Psychiatry or Geropsychiatry, Psychogeriatrics is related to the psychiatry of old age. This branch of psychiatry mainly deals with the study, prevention and treatment of various mental disorders which are prevalent in elderly people. In recent years there is a growing need for this specialized treatment to help the elderly people to overcome their traumas and lead a calm and contented life.

Dr. Manish Bajpayee is considered to be one of the best Geriatric Psychiatrist in Pune offering comprehensive treatment and helping elderly people overcome their 3 D disaster of old age namely:

  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Delirium

Symptoms of aging are not the same in all people and hence it needs to be treated accordingly. As a geriatric psychiatrist my prime aim is to deal with the mental and behavioral disorders in old people and help them clear their worries and tensions and sharpen their memories too and restore mental stability.

Depression

The most common psychiatric order in old people is depression. It may also be first sign of Fronto-temporal Dementia in old people

Causes

  • Cell death
  • Biochemical Alterations in the brain due to aging
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Undetected cerebrovascular disease which compromises the supply of blood to the parts of the brain and thus causing abnormalities in the brain.
  • Adverse circumstances in life
  • Bereavement
  • Loss of Health
  • Stress due to Financial Issues

Symptoms

The following symptoms may be predominant in old people who have the problem of depression:

  • Low mood
  • Anhedonia or inability to feel pleasure
  • Lack of sleep or Sleep disturbance
  • Loss of appetite
  • Being Apathetic
  • Sense of Withdrawal
  • Sense of Withdrawal
  • Disturbances in Cognitive Abilities
  • Severe Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Delusion of Ill health (dying of cancer, digestive system not functioning)

Dementia

Dementia refers to the impairment of mental function which affects a person’s social as well as intellectual abilities. The different types of dementia include Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Dementia, and Frontotemporal Dementia.

Causes:

Dementia can be mainly caused due to the following:

  • Progressive Cerebral Degeneration
  • Damage to Brain Cells
  • Deficiencies and Disorders
  • Brain Tumor
  • Exposure to heavy metals

Symptoms

The symptoms of dementia can vary and it usually leads to:

  • Memory Loss
  • Problem in Communication and language
  • Inability to focus and pay attention
  • Poor Reasoning and judgment
  • Lack of Visual perception
  • Deterioration in Emotional Control
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Inability to perform activities related to daily life

Delirium:

Delirium in elderly people refers to the development of confusion due to a wider range of stimuli like physical insults or a sudden social change and due to the aging of the brain; the person will be unable to cope with them.

Causes

Delirium can be caused due to the following:

  • Infection of the Brain
  • Chronic or Terminal Illness
  • Deficiencies in Nutrition
  • Insufficient Oxygen to organ tissues
  • Side effects of medication
  • Addiction
  • Drug Abuse
  • Emotional Tension and Stress
  • Visual and Hearing Impairment

Symptoms

Elderly people diagnosed with Delirium will be characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Decrease in awareness of their own environment
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation and Impaired Sense with reference to people, surroundings and time.
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Poor Thinking Skills
  • Hallucination
  • Display of extreme emotions like depression, anger, fear or anxiety
  • Disturbed Sleep or Sleeplessness

Late Onset Psychosis:

Another important problem that elderly people suffer is the fear of persecution or they become paranoid which is mainly due to memory disturbances. In this condition they may believe that objects have been stolen or misplaced. These individuals become more inflexible with regards to their attitude are fearful of the adverse influence of the outside world.

Treatment

There are a number of treatments and interventions which are offered to the patients. The services rendered in the clinic will be mainly based on their individual needs which include:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Confusion
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training (CBSST)
  • Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT)
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Peer Support Group

All the treatment procedure followed in the clinic includes the latest therapies and is mainly aimed at improving the symptoms and bringing in a positive change in the life of the patient.