OCD in the Elderly

A diagnosis based on recurrent and persistent thoughts and urges that are seen as intrusive and cause marked distress and anxiety.

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  • Anxiety, OCD and Hoarding in Older Adults

    Anxiety disorders common among the elderly include general anxiety, hoarding and obsessive compulsive disorder. Anxiety can be a normal reaction to stress, but when it negatively impacts daily life, it crosses over into a serious medical disorder.

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  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Elders

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder that involves uncontrollable thoughts and ritualistic behaviors. In seniors, the onset of OCD symptoms later in life may actually indicate the beginnings of dementia.

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  • Understanding Mental Health Issues in Seniors

    The diagnosis and treatment of a mental disorder is much more complicated for older adults. Understanding the symptoms of and barriers to diagnosis and treatment can help ensure an aging loved one gets the care they need.

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  • Dangers of Hoarding Behavior Become More Severe With Age

    Elderly hoarding is something that most family caregivers do not anticipate having to deal with. This behavior often increases with age and creates a hazardous living environment for older adults. Take these 5 steps to help a senior who hoards.

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