Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders in Later Life

  • Nages Nagaratnam
  • Kujan Nagaratnam
  • Gary Cheuk
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Late-life anxiety disorders have been underestimated for several reasons, for example, older persons tend to emphasise their physical complaints and less likely to report psychiatric symptoms. Panic attacks that begin in late life necessitate a search for a depressive disorder, physical illness or drugs that contribute to their presence. Of the anxiety disorders, phobia and general anxiety disorder (GAD) are the two most common in older people. This review summarises the main group of anxiety disorders and their management.


Late-life anxiety disorders Phobia General anxiety disorder Obsessive-compulsive disorder Post-traumatic stress disorder 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nages Nagaratnam
    • 1
  • Kujan Nagaratnam
    • 1
  • Gary Cheuk
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of SydneyWestmead Clinical SchoolWestmeadAustralia
  2. 2.Rehabilitation and Aged Care ServiceBlacktown-Mt Druitt HospitalMount DruittAustralia

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