Geriatric Psychiatrist Questions Anxiety

What can grandmother take for anxiety?

My grandmother has severe anxiety and it has only gotten worse with age. She gets nervous every time I leave the house and can barely be alone. Is there anything that she can take for her anxiety?

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The first step would be a medical evaluation to rule out medical causes of anxiety such as thyroid problems, amongst many others. The list of issues that can result in anxiety is very long, so ideally, an evaluation with a geriatric psychiatrist or a counselor who specializes in the care of older adults would be helpful. It's important to treat the causes of the symptom, and not just the symptom, to avoid complications. For example, individuals who are dementing often experience "abandonment anxiety" when left alone (out of sight, out of mind), even when you are just in another room.