Anxiety disorders in older people

Byrne, Gerard (2013). Anxiety disorders in older people. In Tom Denning and Alan Thomas (Ed.), Oxford Textbook of Old Age Psychiatry 2nd ed. (pp. 589-602) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/med/9780199644957.003.0045

Author Byrne, Gerard
Title of chapter Anxiety disorders in older people
Title of book Oxford Textbook of Old Age Psychiatry
Place of Publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
DOI 10.1093/med/9780199644957.003.0045
Edition 2nd
ISBN 9780199644957
Editor Tom Denning
Alan Thomas
Chapter number 45
Start page 589
End page 602
Total pages 14
Total chapters 63
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Anxiety symptoms and anxiety disorders are highly prevalent among older people, including among those with physical frailty and cognitive impairment. Clinicians are advised to consider the effects of prescribed medication and other substances, and the influence of general medical conditions, in the older person presenting with anxiety. Psychological treatments are recommended for older people with anxiety disorders of mild to moderate severity. These include relaxation training, exposure-based interventions, and cognitive behaviour therapy. Pharmacological interventions are in widespread use, although there is little evidence in support of the long-term use of either benzodiazepines or antipsychotics in older people with anxiety disorders. Instead, treatment with antidepressant medication is recommended.
Keyword Anxiety/anxiety disorders
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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