Monday, January 24, 2011

Increased awareness of anxiety in elders leads to user-friendly site updates

Stress, anxiety, and fear are normal emotions we all experience at some point, but when does fear cross over the line from “normal” to “excessive?”  NIH realizes the need for more readily available information for older adults on the internet. 

 “It is estimated that anxiety disorders affect between 3 and 14 percent of older adults in a given year,” reported NIH on the prevalence of anxiety in older adults.   And to get the message out, the organization has added a section on anxiety disorders.  View it here

Here is a preview of the cache of information:
Visitors to the website can learn about the risk factors, symptoms and treatments for generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and specific phobias such as fear of flying or fear of public speaking. Anxiety disorders can severely affect a person’s life, and they are often overlooked in older adults. - NIA.NIH Press Release
Whether a person is experiencing an anxiety attack or regular levels of anxiety that we all experience as we go through life is a fine and hard-to-distinguish line for some individuals.  The newly provided information is touted as being easily accessible and user-friendly with short, easy-to-ready articles formatted for older adults. 

For a printer-friendly version of this information, click here.

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