Koychev I, Ebmeier KP. Anxiety in older adults often goes undiagnosed. Practitioner 2016;260(1789):17-20

Anxiety in older adults often goes undiagnosed

25 Jan 2016Pais-up subscribers

Anxiety disorder in the elderly is twice as common as dementia and four to six times more common than major depression. Anxiety is associated with poorer quality of life, significant distress and contributes to the onset of disability. Mortality risks are also increased, through physical causes, especially cardiovascular disease, and suicide. Diagnosing anxiety disorders in older adults remains a challenge because of the significant overlap in symptoms between physical disorders and depression.



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