Treatment of anxiety disorders in the elderly: Issues and strategies

Javaid Sheikh, Erin L. Cassidy

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Clinical practice for the treatment of anxiety disorders in the elderly in general lacks empirical validation and hence is somewhat inconsistent. Extensive clinical experience, along with the knowledge gleaned from studies with a younger population, has led to the development of the following treatment approach. A thorough diagnostic assessment, crucial in planning subsequent treatment, is discussed first along with more general clinical issues. Next, a detailed review of current pharmacologic and psychologic treatments for each of the diagnostic categories of anxiety is described for application to the older patient. Definitive studies regarding the best treatments for anxiety disorders in the elderly are lacking, and further investigation of this area is emphasized. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-190
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000
Externally publishedYes



  • Anxiety
  • Elderly
  • Psychopharmacologic treatment
  • Psychotherapeutic interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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