Diagnosing anxiety in the elderly

Diagnosing anxiety in the elderly

Anxiety in the elderly with Dr Soumya Hegde

Aditi Surendra

Previously on this column, we learnt how anxiety in the elderly differs from anxiety in an adult population. This week, Dr Hegde throws light on how an anxiety disorder is diagnosed in an elderly population; why it is often underdiagnosed and points that caregivers must keep in mind to avoid this from happening.

‘Anxiety in the elderly’ is a weekly video column about geriatric anxiety. In this column, geriatric psychiatrist Dr Soumya Hegde gives the viewer a thorough picture of anxiety in the elderly population. Including, the kind of anxieties they deal with, the symptoms of the anxiety, its diagnosis, treatment, and what caregivers can do to ease the elderly persons’ discomfort.

Dr Hegde specializes in the management of challenging behaviors in dementia, and other complex psychiatric presentations in the elderly population.

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Camera - Bhagyanath Viswanath

Editing - Mohan Kamakshi

Music: Dan Lebowitz - Birds in Flight via YouTube audio library

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