Anxiety Less Common After 55
Good news for anxiety sufferers: Aging may ease the symptoms for you. A study done at the University of Queensland in Australia has shown that although anxiety disorders are a worldwide problem, the condition is less common in people 55 and older. Depression, on the other hand, appears to linger for a lifetime.
The findings, published in the journal Psychological Medicine, come from the world’s most comprehensive research on anxiety and depression to date. In two separate studies of anxiety disorders and clinical depression, the investigators authors found that surveys of clinical anxiety and depression have been conducted across 91 countries, involving more than 480,000 people.
Both depression and anxiety were found to be more common in women than in men.