The elderly are especially prone to depression during the COVID-19 lockdown. That’s why the Telehealth Intervention Program for Isolated Older Adults is providing emotional support.
As the proportion of seniors in our population steadily rises, so will the need for geriatric psychiatry, says Dr. Soham Rej, a CIUSSS psychiatrist. He believes digital technology can help cope with the growing demand, but only if the human element remains intact.
While some new mothers are still treated for postpartum depression, more emphasis is now given to mental disorders throughout pregnancy. Dr. Barbara Hayton, in our Perinatal Mental Health Clinic, helps future moms cope with everything from anxiety to suicidal thoughts.
When a physical condition (like cerebral palsy) or developmental disorder (like autism) makes regular dentistry impossible, adult patients at the JGH are fully anesthetized and treated in an operating room.
With support from Hope & Cope, the JGH has become the first hospital in Quebec to use virtual reality goggles to boost the spirits of Palliative Care patients by enabling them to “travel” to foreign locales.
It’s a scientific conundrum: Twice as many girls as boys develop anxiety and depressive disorders by the time they reach early adolescence.