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Generalized Anxiety Disorder — CBT Benefits Older Adults in Primary Care

The results of a randomized clinical trial published in JAMA indicate that cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) can be effective for older adults with symptoms of worry and depression. The 3-month CBT protocol was conducted in primary care clinics and included education, cognitive therapy, and problem-solving skills. Measures included the Beck Anxiety Inventory and Beck Depression Inventory II. Post-treatment assessments were conducted every three months over fifteen months. Compared with the…
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Older Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Helped by CBT

Medscape: According to a pilot study presented at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America 2009 Annual Conference, older veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related symptoms of depression and anxiety - which can persist for decades - may benefit from prolonged exposure therapy (a form of cognitive behavioral therapy). Twelve sessions included "in vivo experience, in which patients are exposed to fears out in the world, and imaginary…
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Centers for Disease Control panel recommends CBT for Depression in older adults

A recent review in Preventing Chronic Disease reported that about 5% to 15% of community-dwelling older adults (60+ y.o.) suffer from depression, which results in functional impairment and is possibly associated with increased mortality rates through suicide and complications of cardiac disease. As such, it is increasingly recognized as a significant public health problem in that population. To address this problem, a panel was convened by the National Center for…
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