Anxiety Disorders

Frequently Asked Questions

12. Does an anxiety disorder look different in an older adult compared to a young adult?

Sometimes, yes. Brain studies have shown that older adults tend to experience and process emotions differently than younger adults. They also have different concerns. For example, they may worry more about health and disability, and have fewer concerns about work, finances, and family compared to younger adults.

Anxiety disorders among older adults frequently occur at the same time as other illnesses such as depression, diabetes, heart disease, or a number of other medical illnesses. Problems with cognition (thinking) and changes in life circumstances can also complicate matters.