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Szalek A, Welch K, Thekkumpurath P. Diagnosing anxiety disorders in older adults can be challenging. Practitioner January 2021;265(1844):17-21

Diagnosing anxiety disorders in older adults can be challenging

25 Jan 2021Registered users

In older adults, the prevalence of anxiety disorders is higher among those with other health problems, and those in hospital and care settings. A primary depressive disorder should be excluded whenever an older person presents with anxiety symptoms for the first time, and comorbid anxiety often indicates a more severe presentation of depression. Around four in five patients have a comorbid physical disorder. Medical conditions can mimic symptoms of, predispose to, or even directly precipitate an anxiety disorder, and may colour its symptomatology or limit treatment options.

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