Anxiety disorders are more common in older adults than depression, yet they are frequently overlooked because of a focus on depression and dementia in older adults, * according to the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. .
It is also important to note that many older adults who experience anxiety had an anxiety disorder when they were younger (perhaps not diagnosed or treated). Like depression, anxiety disorders are frequently misdiagnosed and untreated in older adults. Anxiety is found in older adults at higher rates than depression and cognitive disorders. Sub-syndromic anxiety is more common than depression and cognitive disorders.
Cannabis use among older adults (defined as age 65 and over) is on the rise in the United States, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In this study, the prevalence of use in the past year increased from 2.4% to 4.2% from 2015 to 2018.