Chronic disease progression presents numerous challenges to treatment planning. As chronic medical conditions progress in later life, patients often experience the onset or exacerbation of depression, anxiety, psychosis, and other mental health symptoms that can compound other end of life concerns. Dr. Robert Nelson provides examples of disease progression and common end of life concerns and provides options for effective treatment intervention and compassionate psychological assistance to older adults with chronic disease.
- Identify three examples of disease progression that are likely to complicate mental health symptoms and treatment.
- List three common end of life scenarios that may become the focus of treatment.
- Describe various treatment intervention options related to helping patients with progressive disease states and end of life issues.