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J Clin Psychiatry. 1989 Nov;50 Suppl:40-5.

Anxiety and physical illness in the elderly.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Quillen-Dishner College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City 37614-0002.


The prevalence of anxiety disorders increases with advancing age. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of anxiety in elderly patients is often reached only after everything else has been ruled out. Elderly patients with clinical anxiety often present with physical complaints that mask the underlying anxiety disorder. Recognition and management of anxiety disorders in the elderly must be prompt to interrupt the cycle of anxiety-depression, physical illness, and other stresses.

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