Treatment Cost of Psychotic Disorders Increases With Age

The burden of mental illness is rising continuously in the United States. With nearly one in five adults in the country suffering from mental illness in a given year, it points to shockingly high rates of the occurrence of mental disorders in the American population. The lack of a proper mechanism for the treatment of debilitating mental health conditions further adds to the woes.

Traditionally, mental health care has not been considered at par with physical health care, resulting in a huge gap in terms of facilities and care. It is important to understand that both physical and mental health issues can be equally overwhelming and devastating, therefore treatment for the both should be made more affordable for all.

Looking at the deteriorating condition of mental health care across the country, the U.S. administration has introduced several reforms so that psychiatric patients can get required support at the earliest.

Need for lifetime intensive care makes treatment a costly affair

Unlike most of the physical ailments, mental illnesses are usually more complex and require specialized medications and therapies. While the severity of most of the mental disorders cannot be assessed using normal parameters, overlapping symptoms of different mental ailments makes the diagnosis even more difficult. This results in a delay in the treatment, which further worsens the existing condition or results in comorbidity and poorer treatment outcome. However, the biggest deterrent on the path of recovery is the need for long-term care, including hospitalization that involves significantly high health care costs.

It has been observed that the cost of treatment for most psychiatric illnesses increases with age, suggesting that aging patients with critical psychotic disorders need long-term hospitalization and support. With rising age, mentally ill patients undergo natural deterioration in terms of muscle strength, bone density and healing power, which requires more support and care, thereby increasing the cost of treatment. Apparently, the treatment cost is higher in patients with chronic psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia.

According to a December 2016 study conducted by Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), “the needs of patients with chronic psychotic illnesses change over time, and that those needs become more complex as people age. This complexity is reflected in the high and diverse health care costs in our older patients.” The study also suggested that younger patients with psychosis had five to nine times higher health care costs associated with psychiatric hospitalizations in that year, compared with the health care costs of young people without psychosis.

When it comes to mental disorders like schizophrenia, it can be difficult to tackle the situation since it needs intensive health care over the patient’s lifetime. The incurred cost tends to change with age as these patients have complex medical needs related to their physical health.

Thus, like physical illnesses, it is crucial to treat both mental disorders also at the earliest to prevent the deterioration of condition and to eliminate the probability of comorbidity in older patients.

Seeking professional help

Sovereign Mental Health Services understands the deep-rooted challenges involved in the treatment of mental disorders and co-occurring conditions. We take the utmost care to ensure that our patients are offered a positive environment that helps in speedy treatment. Personalized attention, positive interactions with peers and effective group therapies go a long way in helping patients recover.

If you know someone who is suffering from any mental illness, contact Sovereign Mental Health Services for the right treatment at one of our finest mental health treatment centers in Los Angeles. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866–973–7164 for expert advice on the best mental health treatment in Los Angeles.

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