What is Anxiety in Senior Adults?
Have you heard someone referred to as a “worry wart”? Worry is a reaction to the stress or anxiety people may experience in life. While some worry is normal, extreme anxiety or fear that causes problems with daily life is not. As we age, fear or apprehension about the future, concern for our diminishing health and that of our loved ones may increase. But, persistent or worsening anxiety may be a sign of an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are a feeling of fear that is constant and debilitating. They are the most common form of emotional disorder and affect approximately 40 million people in the United States each year or 14% of the adult population. More women than men are affected by this disorder.
What are the symptoms for Anxiety in Senior Adults?
According to the National Institute of Health, the following are the most common forms of anxiety disorder:
- Generalized anxiety disorder – worry about daily life events
- Social phobia – anxiety of being judged by others
- Panic disorder – fear of terror or impending doom
- Post-traumatic stress disorder – fear after experiencing a traumatic event
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder – the need to repeat a routine over and over
- Specific phobias – an extreme fear of something that does not present actual danger
How does Haven Behavioral Hospital of Dayton treat Anxiety in Senior Adults?
In senior adults, anxiety often occurs along with other medical issues, which may need to be addressed before anxiety treatment is successful. At Haven Behavioral Hospital of Dayton, anxiety disorders may be treated with medication, therapy or both. Our highly trained staff assesses each individual situation and determines the most effective treatment plan. Anxiety disorders are an illness but, with proper treatment, patients can manage symptoms and live a normal, happy life.