Generalized anxiety disorder is the most common type of anxiety among older adults. This occurs when worry is present most of the time and interferes with a person’s ability to function normally, although the particular worry may change. Symptoms include persistent, excessive worry about different things for at least six months; fatigue, difficulty sleeping, or restlessness; trouble concentrating; and irritability. Treatment includes medications or cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps identify automatic negative thoughts and come up with ways to eliminate them.
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