Anxiety is common especially in the elderly population. It can be characterized by the feelings of tension and worry thoughts. Although anxiety is a normal process in life, it can be a disorder when it becomes excessive, persistent, causing significant personal distress and affects a person’s daily function. Anxiety disorder is a common condition but unfortunately, under-recognized. It is vital to identify early and treat as untreated anxiety increases morbidity and mortality. Individuals with anxiety disorder are at greater risk for heart disease, stroke and depression.
The estimated prevalence rates of late-life anxiety disorder ranges from 1.5% to 15%. The common types of anxiety disorders include Generalised anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, Social phobia and Specific phobia.
Late-life anxiety disorders are significantly associated with comorbid major depression. The course of illness tends to be chronic with fluctuating symptom severity.
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