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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 2021Pais-up subscribers

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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