OCD in the Elderly

  • 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

    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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  • Hoarding: A Challenging and Potentially Dangerous Dementia-Related Behavior

    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.

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