Feelings of anxiety can be normal and healthy, or they can indicate an anxiety problem. These feelings can help you to protect yourself and others you care about. Once the situation is resolved or changes, the fear or worry should go away. However, you may have an anxiety problem if your feelings of worry or fear:.
Clinical practice guidelines for Geriatric Anxiety Disorders
Older Adults | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA
More than two million of the 34 million Americans age 65 and older suffer from some form of depression. While the prevalence of most mental disorders increase from young adulthood to middle adulthood, it usually declines with age. But many older adults are at risk of developing mental disorders, neurological disorders or substance use problems as well as other health conditions such as diabetes, hearing loss, and osteoarthritis. Until recently, doctors believed that anxiety disorders declined with age.
Treating generalized anxiety disorder in the elderly
When her grandfather gets out of bed and is unable to fall asleep for hours at night, Stella knows that he is struggling with anxiety. It began shortly after his wife passed away, and it got worse with time until they addressed the issue with his doctors. Even with treatment, her grandfather still has bad days sometimes, but Stella has seen so much improvement in his symptoms. And she can tell that he feels much more confident and connected with his life as a father and grandfather.
These fact sheets are brought to you through a joint partnership with the National Council on Aging. Have you ever suffered from excessive nervousness, fear or worrying? Do you sometimes experience chest pains, headaches, sweating, or gastrointestinal problems?