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 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.

  • Hoarding is an extreme “collecting” behavior seen in some people who have Alzheimer's disease and obsessive-compulsive tendencies. Fortunately, there are some strategies that caregivers and family members can use to help manage these behaviors.

  • Obsessive compulsive behaviors interfere with the daily life of an elderly person and their caregiver. The elder is unable to control the rituals.

  • In seniors, it can be challenging for doctors to distinguish the symptoms of new or worsening mental illness from medication interactions or conditions like dementia.


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