When you have an elderly lovedone, itâ€™s wise to keep abreast on the ever-evolving medical world and all thenew findings for mental health as a person ages. One committee with which youshould become most familiar is the American Psychiatric Association and theirupcoming best-seller, the DSM5. The book may usher in new ways of approachingelders and depression, and some are apprehensive about the bookâ€™s impact.
The concern over the DSM5 hascome to a slow boil. The conversation about DSM5 has begun seeping out from theacademic literature and into the public square with articles like a recentpiece in The New York Times titled â€œTime to Recognize Mild Cognitive Disorder?â€
The DSM5 will be the sequel tothe Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder IV (DSM-IV), theutterly necessary reference book and dust-gatherer of psychologists, doctors,insurance companies, bureaucrats, and lawyers alike. DSM-IV chronicles knownand diagnosable psychological disorders.
For seniors, the new disordermaking the rounds is â€œmild cognitive disorder.â€ This diagnosis is an attempt tobring to psychiatry the same awareness to levels of cognitive senility thatmedical doctors know all too well and yet still understand too little. If theDSM5 is published as is, and becomes the go-to reference, then weâ€™re likely tosee many more elderly diagnosed into categories that have only just now beencreated.
Itâ€™s useful to understand thebasis for any diagnosis made by doctors when it comes to our elderly loved onesor even ourselves as we age. Donâ€™t forget â€“ proper planning now can give you peace of mind for anyfuture diagnosis concerning your healthcare needs. At Idaho Estate Planning, we understand thechallenges faced by elder Americans. We have the experience and expertise tohelp you maintain your options and protect yourself as well as your loved onesnow and into the future. Remember, good planning is no accident.