Many neurological conditions have an impact on a patient's mental as well as physical health, compromising their quality of life. This is why mental health resources are part of the Neuroscience Institute's multidisciplinary approach to care, with psychiatric consultations and referrals to appropriate clinicians or programs provided as needed. Supportive psychosocial resources for caregivers affected by a loved one's condition also are available.
Maine Medical Center’s experience with neurobehavioral disorders is recognized throughout the state of Maine. To learn more about mental health services and providers, please visit MMC's Department of Psychiatry or Maine Behavioral Healthcare.
Individuals living with neurological conditions such as stroke, epilepsy, brain and spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, dementia and Parkinson's disease can experience a wide variety of mental health symptoms that can interfere with their quality of life - and which can benefit from psychiatric, behavioral or pharmacological intervention. These include:
- Anger management difficulties
- Anxiety/panic disorder
- Impulse-control issues
- Self-esteem issues as a result of their condition
- Learning problems
- Social difficulties including withdrawal and isolation
- Cognitive and memory deficits
- Aggressive behavior and agitation
- Sleep disorders
- Delusions and hallucinations
Equally important, spouses, children and other family members of patients with neurological conditions can suffer from "caregiver burnout" and experience symptoms such as depression, sleep disturbances and anxiety. Resources such as outpatient counseling and psychosocial support groups also are available through MMC to help address these issues.