J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  2006 Dec;10(2):61-64.

Geriatic Anxiety Disorder

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Kangbuk Samsung Hos-pital, Sungkyunkwan University, School of Medicine, 108 Pyeong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea. kangseob.oh@samsung.com


Anxiety disorder is the one of the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in the elderly. However, there were no sufficient studies on the anxiety disorder in late life. Geriatric anxiety disorders are under-diagnosed and under-treated. For the proper evaluation and diagnosis of anxiety disorder in the elderly, comprehensive approaches considering medical, psycho-social aspects are needed. Various treatment modalities including pharmacotherapy and psycho-social treatments were reported. In this article, the author reviewed the general features of geriatric anxiety disorders, epidemiological characteristics, clinical features of each anxiety disorders, and treatment issues. We need more systematized studies for the advances on the diagnosis and treatment of geriatric anxiety disorders.


Anxiety disorder; Late life; Geriatric anxiety
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