Depression and anxiety symptoms often tend to overlap, especially in the older population, leading to an under-diagnosis of anxiety. However, treatment for the two disorders can be different - that's why it's important to accurately diagnose and assess these disorders in older adults.
Just what are anxiety disorders anyway? Anxiety disorders are the commonest psychiatric illnesses globally. And while there is no cure for anxiety disorders, there are very effective treatments available with a good evidence base.
The term, an acronym for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, refers to a mental health condition that affects one in 100 children worldwide. It is characterised by recurrent, unwanted thoughts which lead to anxieties manifesting as repetitive behaviours.