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What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder?

By Dawn Hill

Everyone feels anxious sometimes. But, if your older family member seems to feel anxious a lot or worries excessively, they may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders can make it hard for the older adult to participate in normal daily activities. Understanding what anxiety disorders are and knowing their symptoms could help you to identify the problem in your aging relative and get them treatment.

About Anxiety Disorders

People with anxiety disorders often have repeated feelings of intense nervousness, fear, and anxiety. These feelings build up quickly and are called panic attacks. In addition, anxiety disorders can cause people to worry excessively about normal situations and activities. It’s important to understand that the person cannot control their anxious feelings. Anxiety can make it impossible for them to enjoy life.

There are several different kinds of anxiety disorders, including:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Social anxiety disorder.
  • Phobias.
  • Separation anxiety disorder.

Older adults may develop an anxiety disorder because of a medical condition. Regardless of what kind of anxiety disorder the senior has or what causes it, treatments are available. Report symptoms of anxiety to their doctor and ask about what can be done to help.

Anxiety Disorder Symptoms

Signs and symptoms associated with anxiety disorder include:

  • Excessive Worrying: The senior worries about things in a way that seems excessive for what the situation is. They worry on most days and the worry interferes with their ability to do tasks.
  • Agitation: During a period of agitation, the older adult’s heart races, their palms get sweaty, and their hands shake. Their mouth might feel dry. These symptoms are the body’s response to a perceived threat though there is not one present. They might also have a sense of impending doom.
  • Fatigue: Fatigue is a feeling of being extremely tired. Someone with anxiety may feel fatigued after a panic attack or they may experience chronic fatigue. The fatigue may be caused by having trouble sleeping.
  • Concentration Problems: The constant worry may make it hard to concentrate on things. It can also affect memory.

If your loved one suffers from an anxiety disorder, a senior care provider can help them to manage the symptoms. Senior care providers can drive the older adult to therapy and doctor appointments. A senior care provider can also remind them to take medications prescribed by the doctor. Senior care providers can also be a source of support and comfort when your older family member is feeling worried or experiences a panic attack.


Sources
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anxiety/symptoms-causes/syc-20350961
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/anxiety-disorder-symptoms
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml

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