Geriatric Psychiatry

Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill

Psychiatry & Psychotherapy located in Chapel Hill, NC

According to the World Health Organization, about 15% of adults age 60 and older have a mental illness. Geriatric psychiatry addresses the issues that you may face as a senior. The team at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is ready to help. Sayanti Bhattacharya, MD, MS, and Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD, help geriatric patients through all kinds of mental health concerns. New patients can call the office or make an appointment online for a consultation today.

Geriatric Psychiatry Q & A

Why Do Geriatric Patients Often Have New Mental Health Problems?

There are a variety of reasons that geriatric patients may be vulnerable to new mental health issues. Two of the most common causes of mental health issues in geriatric patients are poor health and the loss of loved ones.

As you age, health problems may mount quickly, which can lead to considerable stress. In your geriatric years, you may lose a number of friends and family in your age range as well.

Geriatric psychiatry treatment can help. New patients must call the office to schedule their first appointment, and Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill doesn’t accept Medicare.

Could My Medications Be Causing My Mental Health Issues?

Yes, it's entirely possible that your medications could contribute to your current health issues. It's common for seniors to take multiple medications, sometimes to the point that they can be hard to keep track of.

The more medications you're taking, the higher the chance that a medication interaction could cause issues. Some of the potential effects of medication reactions or interactions include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Memory lapses
  • Inability to concentrate


In some cases of medication issues, patients may have hallucinations — seeing or hearing things that aren’t there — or delusions — being completely convinced of ideas that aren't true. If you're experiencing any of these issues, your psychiatrist can review your current medications.

Sometimes, just one prescription medication change can solve a frustrating and upsetting psychiatric symptom.

How Does My Physical Health Relate to My Mental Health?

Your physical health is closely linked to your mental health. Something like severe arthritis pain can eventually lead to feelings of anxiety, frustration, and depression.

Although treating the underlying condition is always important, it's just as important to alleviate mental health symptoms whenever possible. For that reason, your doctor may prescribe antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, or other medications to help you cope with your physical symptoms.

During your geriatric years, mental health is just as important as physical health. Take the first step toward relief by making an appointment at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill either by phone or with the online scheduler.