Treatment of generalized anxiety disorder in older adults

  • Wetherell J
  • Gatz M
  • Craske M
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Older adults with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; N ? 75; M age ? 67.1 years) were randomly assigned to cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT), a discussion group (DG) organized around worry- provoking topics, or a waiting period. Participants in both active conditions improved relative to the waiting list. Although CBT participants improved on more measures than DG participants, the authors found only 1 significant difference immediately after treatment and no differences at 6-month follow-up. Effect sizes were smaller than in younger samples, but CBT showed large effects and DG showed medium-sized effects. Overall, results indicate that brief treatment of late-life GAD is beneficial, but they provide only limited support for the superiority of CBT to a credible comparison intervention.

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  • Julie Loebach Wetherell

  • Margaret Gatz

  • Michelle G. Craske

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