Roberto Lewis-Fernández, MD
Director of the Hispanic Treatment Program, New York State Psychiatric Institute
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University
Lecturer on Social Medicine, Harvard University
Melinda Stanley, PhD
Professor and Head, Division of Psychology
The McIngvale Family Chair in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Research
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavorial Sciences
Mental Health Services Researcher, Houston Center for Quality of Care and Utilization Studies
Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Affiliate Investigator, South Central Mental Illness Research,
Education, and Clinical Center
Patricia Gerbarg, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry
New York Medical College
Richard Brown, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Diagnosis and treatment should start with the primary care physician. Many older people feel more comfortable talking to a doctor with whom they already have a relationship. If they trust their primary care physician, chances are greater that they will accept treatment or a referral to a mental health professional.
Success in treating anxiety in an older adult depends on a partnership between the patient, the family, and the doctor. Everyone must agree on the nature of the problem and make a commitment to stick with treatment.
Worried about an aging parent or relative? Talking to older parents or loved ones about changes in their lives is one of the best ways to find out about problems.
Ask about any changes you notice in the following areas: