Unveiling the Overlapping Symptomatology: Panic Attacks in Geriatric Depression


Herman Lee*

As the world's population ages, the understanding of mental health concerns among the elderly becomes increasingly crucial. Geriatric depression is a multifaceted issue that often presents with a range of symptoms, including panic attacks. These panic attacks can be intricate to diagnose due to the overlapping symptomatology with other disorders, further complicating the assessment and treatment process. This essay delves into the intricacies of panic attacks within the context of geriatric depression, highlighting the challenges in diagnosis, potential causes, and effective management strategies. Geriatric depression, also known as late-life depression or elderly depression is a prevalent mental health issue among older adults. It is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, changes in appetite or weight, sleep disturbances, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and even thoughts of death or suicide. These symptoms often overlap with those of other medical and psychiatric conditions, leading to diagnostic challenges.

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