We all feel anxious from time to time. However, when anxiety starts to become a disruption to your life or the life of your loved one, you should learn more about anxiety disorders. If you cannot manage the care of your elderly loved one with anxiety,
talk with a specialist at our agency to explore your options for outside care.
Anxiety disorders late in life can often be overlooked, since elders present anxiety disorders differently than younger people. In fact, anxiety disorders are twice as prevalent as dementia among older adults, and up to eight times more common than other major depressive disorders. Medications, Alzheimers, and Dementia may all exacerbate anxiety disorders.
The major types of anxiety disorders in older people are summarized here:
-Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Acute stress disorder that lasts longer than a month
-Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Excessive worrying
-Panic Attacks: Sudden fear and dread
-Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Thoughts that produce intense anxiety that can only be calmed by an action
Talk therapy, medication, working with a therapist, social worker, or skilled counselor have all been shown as effective treatments. Consult a physician or gerontologist to get help or learn more.