Anxiety in older adults often goes undiagnosed
Koychev I., Ebmeier KP.
Anxiety disorders are considered typical of childhood and early adulthood, but are in fact also commonly experienced in community-dwelling older adults. Approximately 15-50% experience significant anxiety, with 1.2-15% attracting a formal diagnosis of anxiety related disorder. This proportion rises to over 20% in carers of people with dementia. Anxiety disorder in the elderly is therefore twice as common as dementia and four to six times more common than major depression.