Late-life anxiety is coming of age

Beekman, Aartjan T. F., Voshaar, Richard Oude and Pachana, Nancy A. (2015) Late-life anxiety is coming of age. International Psychogeriatrics, 27 7: 1053-1056. doi:10.1017/S1041610215000605


Author Beekman, Aartjan T. F.
Voshaar, Richard Oude
Pachana, Nancy A.
Title Late-life anxiety is coming of age
Journal name International Psychogeriatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1041-6102
1741-203X
Publication date 2015-07-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1017/S1041610215000605
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 27
Issue 7
Start page 1053
End page 1056
Total pages 4
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Anxiety is an adaptive human experience that may occur at all ages and serves to help draw attention to, avoid or cope with immanent threat and danger. Given its evolutionary importance, it has strong genetic and biological underpinnings, and when it serves that adaptive function for the organism, anxiety may be viewed as useful. However, complex adaptive systems, such as our adaptation to threat or stress, by definition provide many and often interrelated points of breakdown or dysregulation, which, if sustained, may lead to psychopathology. Anxiety has been described as a common currency for psychopathology, indicating that it is a first line and universal way for us to respond to stress and threat. It is more or less prominent in patients diagnosed with practically all psychiatric or neurodegenerative disorders. This has lead to the inclusion of anxiety as a cross-cutting symptom measure in the development of DSM-5 (APA, 2013). Given that they are rooted in a complex adaptive system that has many potential points of impact to develop pathology, it is not surprising that anxiety disorders are extremely heterogeneous. This heterogeneity of anxiety disorders pertains to symptomatology, etiology and outcomes, and poses great challenges to both research and clinical practice.
Keyword Psychology, Clinical
Geriatrics & Gerontology
Gerontology
Psychiatry
Psychology
Psychology
Geriatrics & Gerontology
Psychiatry
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Editorial
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