Less therapy, more drugs for people over 65

Older people suffering from mental illnesses are less likely to get the treatment they need compared to younger patients, according to a report by the Health and Human Services Department.

The specialist branches within psychiatry have so far failed to provide care to patients over the age of 65, instead focusing on younger patients.

For example older patients are less likely to be treated with cognitive behavioural therapy and are instead treated with psychotropic drugs, Swedish Radio News reports.