1. Introduction and Conceptual Overview Gerard Byrne and Nancy Pachana
2. Epidemiology, Risk and Protective Factors Gerard Byrne and Nancy Pachana
3. Diagnosis of Anxiety Disorders in Older Adults Christina Bryant
4. Sub-Threshold Anxiety in Later Life: Issues and Consequences Sébastien Grenier and Marie-Josée Richer
5. Cross-Cultural Issues in Late-Life Anxiety Xiaoping Lin and Charissa Hosseini
6. Clinical Assessment of Late-Life Anxiety Christine Gould, Barry Edelstein, Vanessa Ma, Brian Kok and Christine Gould
7. Late-Life Anxiety and Co-Morbid Depression Julie Wetherell and Emily Bower
8. Anxiety and Cognitive Functioning Sherry A. Beaudreau, Andrew J. Petkus, Nathan Hantke and Christine Gould
9. Anxiety and Parkinson's Disease Nadeeka Dissanayaka
10. Anxiety in Older Adults Across Care Settings Veronica Shead, Rachel Rodriguez, Samuel Dreeben, Shalagh McBride
11. Psychosocial Treatment of Anxiety in Later Life Melinda Stanley and Katherine Ramos
12. Pharmacological Treatment of Anxiety in Later Life Gerard Byrne
13. Animal Models in Anxiety Research Pankaj Sah and Madhusoothanan Bhagavathi Perumal
14. Late Life Anxiety: Whereto From Here? Nancy Pachana and Gerard Byrne.
Historically, clinicians and researchers have focused on depression and dementia in older people, paying little attention to anxiety except as a complication of these disorders. However, increased research into late-life anxiety has seen a growth in scientific literature and clinical interest. This important book brings together international experts to provide a comprehensive overview of current knowledge in relation to anxiety in older people, highlighting gaps in both theory and practice, and pointing towards the future. Early chapters cover the broader aspects of anxiety disorders, including epidemiology, risk factors, diagnostic issues, association with insomnia, impaired daily functioning, suicidality, and increased use of healthcare services. The book then explores cross-cultural issues, clinical assessment, and pharmacological and psychological interventions across a variety of settings. An invaluable resource for mental health professionals caring for older people including researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists, specialist geriatric nurses and social workers.
- Includes an historical and conceptual overview of anxiety and its disorders in older people, introducing the reader to the contents of the book
- Addresses sub-threshold anxiety and anxiety in the context of cognitive impairment and provides a critical review of psychosocial and pharmacological interventions for anxiety disorders
- Highlights gaps in both theory and practice, pointing the way forward for research on anxiety in older people
Gerard Byrne, University of Queensland
Gerard Byrne is the Mayne Professor and Head of the Academy of Psychiatry within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Queensland and Director of the Older Persons' Mental Health Service at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.
Nancy Pachana, University of Queensland
Nancy Pachana is a clinical geropsychologist, neuropsychologist and professor in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland.