Two-Pronged Anxiety Treatment Aids Older Adults

According to research conducted by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, a combination of antidepressant therapy and counseling is an effective way to treat anxiety in older adults. The study found that these treatments together keep seniors anxiety-free for a longer time than either medication or counseling alone. They also had a lower relapse rate, and if they did relapse, it happened later. However, it was also found that not all older adults benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy. If someone has begun to develop dementia related to Alzheimer disease or other illness, it appears even small amounts of cognitive impairment from those disorders can interfere with the benefits this combination of therapies provides.

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