Mental health issues are common and affect quality of life in many individuals with impact on emotional, psychological, and social well-being.
With aging, mental health can be impacted affecting how patients think, feel, and act. It can have direct correlations with how to handle stress, relate to others, and make everyday decisions.
At the Pacific Brain Health Center, Dr. David Merrill is a geriatric psychiatrist who specializes in helping patients with these conditions.
Depression and anxiety can affect everyone and may manifest in addiction disorders to alcohol, drugs or prescription medications. Dr. Keith Heinzerling is an addiction medicine specialist who treats adults of all ages. Patients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, end-of-life distress, chronic pain, drug/alcohol problems, and other conditions may be eligible for psychedelic-assisted therapy with ketamine.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741). Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. All calls are confidential. Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency. Learn more on the Lifeline’s website or the Crisis Text Line’s website.