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Anxious Depression: Application of a Unified Model of Emotional Disorders to Older Adults 

Anxious Depression: Application of a Unified Model of Emotional Disorders to Older Adults
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Anxious Depression: Application of a Unified Model of Emotional Disorders to Older Adults
Author(s):

Eric J. Lenze, Andrew J. Petkus,

and Julie Loebach Wetherell

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199796816.003.0009
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date: 20 January 2020

The majority of depressed older adults also suffer from clinically significant symptoms of anxiety. In this chapter we will describe the prevalence rates of co-occurring depression and anxiety in older adulthood; as well as the negative outcomes associated with these disorders. Anxiety and depression share many similarities and we review the biological, psychological, and emotional similarities between these disorders. Recently developed transdiagnostic models that conceptualize depressive and anxiety disorders as “emotional disorders” are reviewed. Lastly, we provide pharmacological and psychosocial treatment recommendations for older adults suffering from depression and anxiety.

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