By On May 6th, 2010

Mood and Anxiety Disorders an Issue for Older Individuals

The number of individuals with mood disorders reduces with age; however, according to findings from a new study, there are a substantial number of people ages 55 and over for whom they are a problem. Specifically, of those studied 55 and older during a 12-month period, 5% had mood disorders; however, more than twice that amount met criteria for anxiety disorders. Amy L. Byers, PhD, of the University of California San Francisco, and co-authors said, “Given the rapid aging of the U.S. population the potential public health burden of late-life mental health disorders will likely grow as well, suggesting the importance of continued epidemiologic monitoring of the mental health status of the young-old, mid-old, old-old, and oldest-old cohorts.” Click here to read an article from Business Week that discusses this study more.

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