Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

2017 Edition
| Editors: Nancy A. Pachana

Anxiety Disorders in Later Life

  • Gert-Jan HendriksEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-082-7_64


Anxiety disorders in older adults; Late-life anxiety disorders


Anxiety disorders are generally characterized by both excessive fear and irrational, fearful thoughts that are difficult to control and negatively affect daily functioning. Additionally, avoidance behaviors are often used as a strategy to reduce those excessive feelings of fear and anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders across the life span. With the introduction of DSM-5 in 2013 (American Psychiatric Association 2013), obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and acute stress disorder moved from the anxiety disorder section into two separate sections: obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. DSM-5 anxiety disorders seen in older adults include panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and specific phobia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pro Persona Institute for Integrated Mental Health CareCentre for Anxiety Disorders “Overwaal,”NijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Radboud University NijmegenBehavioural Science InstituteNijmegenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Radboud University Medical CentreDepartment of PsychiatryNijmegenThe Netherlands