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Specific phobia is characterized by exaggerated fear to a specific object or situation. Fear of falling is one example and occurs in about 50 of older persons who have fallen recently. Generalised anxiety disorder (gad) is characterised by at least 6 months of excessive uncontrollable worry accompanied by symptoms of motor tension and vigilance and scanning. As with other anxiety disorders, gad is less prevalent in older adults than younger adults. Summary the epidemiology, neurobiology, and treatment of anxiety conditions in late life have recently received more attention in the medical literature. Areas in need of further investigation include neurobiology, clinical presentation, management, and treatment, as we do not know whether procedures indicated for younger cohorts hold for older adults. mangweth-matzek, b, hoek, hw (2017) epidemiology and treatment of eating disorders in men and women of middle and older age. A twin study of lifetime generalized anxiety disorder (gad) in older adults genetic and environmental influences shared by neuroticism and gad. in the population of older adults, anxiety disorders are underdiagnosed and undertreated. Epidemiologic studies have generally found that the prevalence of anxiety disorders declines with age. Older adults with gad often also suffer from other psychiatric disorders. The majority of gad patients have mood disorders (flint, 2005 lenze et al. For example, bipolar disorder has been found to often co-occur with anxiety for older adults (sajatovic et al.). prevalence of any anxiety disorder among adults based on diagnostic interview data from the national comorbidity study replication (ncs-r), figure 1 shows past year prevalence of any anxiety disorder among u. anxiety disorders elderly epidemiology neurobiology of anxiety. Prevalence and correlates of generalized anxiety disorder among older adults in the australian national survey of mental health and well being. Older adults with gad use alcohol at an increased rate, but mild to moderate drinkers do not experience sleep difficulties. A modest amount of alcohol may minimize the association between anxietyworry and insomnia among this group.