Seniors Get Psychiatric Meds At Twice the Rate of Younger Adults

Depression, Anxiety May Precede Memory Loss in Alzheimer's
Depression, Anxiety May Precede Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s
Seniors also see psychiatrists at about half the rate of younger adults.

Older Americans receive prescriptions for mental health medications at more than twice the rate that younger adults do, a new study finds.

But they’re much less likely to be getting their mental health care from a psychiatrist, the results also show.

That raises questions about whether they could be at risk of problems caused by a collision of multiple medications — and about whether primary care doctors may need more support to care for older people with depression, anxiety and other conditions.

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