Anxiety Disorders and Seniors

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You may be anxious if you experience excessive nervousness or fear, chest pain, sweating, or tension in the head or neck.

Research indicates that generalized anxiety and particular phobia are two prevalent anxiety disorders, typically experienced by older people, and any senior living in OKC needs to know how to handle them. Understanding early symptoms can help fight anxiety attacks.

Disorders and Symptoms

Panic Disorder: Characterized by panic attacks or sudden terror feelings that strike time and time again and without warning. Physical symptoms include chest pain, heartwarming, breathlessness, dizziness, the discomfort of the abdomen, and fear of death.

Obsessive: Compulsive Disorder: People suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and they feel they can not regulate recurring, unwanted ideas (obsessions) or rituals (compulsions) like washing the hands, counting, checking or purification, are often carried out to stop or cause obsessive ideas.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The PTSD is described by persistent symptoms, such as violence, misuse, natural disasters, a threat to a sense of survival or security, following a traumatic event. Common symptoms include nightmare, flashbacks, emotional stomachs, anxiety, annoyance, or distraction.

Phobia: The fear contributes to the prevention of objects or conditions and can lead to life being limited. The fear is extreme, invalid, and irrational, which presents little or no real risk. Common phobias are agoraphobia; social phobia; fear of certain livestock; vehicle riding; heights, tunnels or bridges; thunderstorms; and flying.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A chronic, excessive, and at least six months long concern about everyday life occurrences and activities; almost always the worst, although there is little reason to expect it. Physical symptoms such as exhaustion, shaking, muscle stress, headache, or nausea are accompanied, which need to be taken care of in senior living in OKC.

Anxiety Attack

Although fear doesn't always have particular triggers, the causes of the attack are often environmental and situation variables. Age also plays an important role since we face current difficulties with age and many major changes which can lead to anxiety. The most common anxiety triggers in the elderly are:

  • Health issues

  • Financial problems

  • Lack of freedom and independence

  • Immobility

  • Dementia

  • Vision loss


If you are anxious, the following enables us to consider:

  • The living environment

  • Support system

  • Behavior

  • Health condition

  • Illness

Contact Heritage Living Assistance in OKC. At our senior living in OKC, we are committed to take care of your senior loved ones' physical and mental well-being.