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date: 28 February 2021

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This chapter focuses on anxiety disorders in later life. Anxiety disorders are relatively common in older adulthood, with prevalence rates as high as 15%. The assessment of late-life anxiety is complicated due to the unique presentation, medical comorbidities, psychiatric comorbidities, and other diagnostic considerations in an older population. Self-report and clinician-rated scales have been validated for use with older adults. Research suggests the benefit of both pharmacological treatments and psychotherapy for late-life anxiety disorders. GAD has received most of the scant research attention devoted to anxiety in older adults; late-life PTSD, OCD, agoraphobia, and hoarding are understudied areas. Directions for future research include long-term management of anxiety symptoms and psychotherapy-pharmacotherapy combination treatment.

Keywords: anxiety, assessment, comorbidity, evidence-based practices, hoarding, elderly, late onset, older adults, treatment

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