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3 Myths About Psychotherapy With Seniors

Psychotherapy sessions can help people of any age; below we have debunked 3 of the biggest myths about psychotherapy with seniors.

It is never too late to help someone deal with issues and problems that they are working through. Weather, a person, is 25 or 95; it is always a right time to seek psychotherapy help.

Pew Research Center:

Roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 today, and about 10,000 more will cross that threshold every day for the next 19 years, according to Pew Research. Seniors often never consider asking for help with their psychiatric needs, and this needs to change. Psychotherapy aims to improve an individual's well-being and mental health. It will help a person work through behaviors, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions, and to improve relationships and social skills.

Myth #1: Psychotherapy with the elderly is wasted.
Therapy can help older adults who may have difficulty with the transitions of aging. Most of the time, therapy sessions for seniors can help them face their fears of death and shed the burden of grief that appears as friends and family members die.
This kind of help can lead people into living their best years of life after retirement. It can help seniors live their lives to the fullest.

Myth #2: The burdens of seniors are too excessive, they will never go away.
In therapy sessions, older people may talk about issues that they experienced years ago. Things from childhood and the formative years may have left a mark on a person across the decades. These issues that they talk about may be the causes of their current problems. Seniors experience problems like stress, anxiety and most obviously, depression. Discussing issues in the past can lead to seniors handling these issues more pleasantly and healthily, and might even help the problems or stress to dissipate.

Myth #3: Seniors are too stubborn to change, why bother trying?
So many seniors and adults think that it is embarrassing to have a mental illness. So often going to therapy was not an option for them. As people grow older and grow out of these stereotypes and see that many other older people face similar issues, they may be more perceptive to changes. So often, seniors are the best person to treat because they understand that their time may be limited. You may see a change in a senior sooner than you would in a younger person.

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