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Cognitive Therapy And The Elderly
Talking treatment reduces worry in elderly people.
A type of talking treatment called cognitive behavioural therapy helps elderly people suffering from anxiety, according to a new study. Anxiety and depression often go unrecognised in older people, or else they are treated with medication.
What do we know already?
Sadly, anxiety and depression are common problems for older people. Among this group, more than 7 percent have anxiety severe enough for it to be a medical problem (called generalised anxiety disorder). Unfortunately, mental illnesses in elderly people aren't always recognised and treated.
According to the charity Age Concern, only a third of older people with depression talk to their GP, and of these only half are diagnosed and receive treatment. Even if treatment is offered for anxiety or depression, it can be limited to antidepressant drugs, when many older people say they'd prefer simply to talk to someone.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a short, practical type of talking treatment that tends to focus on problem solving and coping strategies, rather than on discussing the past. It's proven to help with both anxiety and depression, but there hasn't been much research looking particularly at older people suffering from anxiety. In a new study, researchers from Houston, Texas hoped to show that the treatment could be useful.
Original Source - The Guardian Online
Authors -BMJ Group
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