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Anxiety disorders in older people 

Anxiety disorders in older people
Anxiety disorders in older people

Gerard Byrne

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date: 24 September 2021

Anxiety symptoms and anxiety disorders are highly prevalent among older people, including among those with physical frailty and cognitive impairment. Clinicians are advised to consider the effects of prescribed medication and other substances, and the influence of general medical conditions, in the older person presenting with anxiety. Psychological treatments are recommended for older people with anxiety disorders of mild to moderate severity. These include relaxation training, exposure-based interventions, and cognitive behaviour therapy. Pharmacological interventions are in widespread use, although there is little evidence in support of the long-term use of either benzodiazepines or antipsychotics in older people with anxiety disorders. Instead, treatment with antidepressant medication is recommended.

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