Navigating Clinical Challenges: Panic Attacks in Elderly Patients with Depression


Scott Twain

The field of geriatric psychiatry poses unique challenges, one of which is the co-occurrence of panic attacks in elderly patients with depression. Panic attacks are sudden, intense surges of fear and anxiety, often accompanied by physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, sweating, trembling, and shortness of breath. Depression, on the other hand, is characterized by persistent low mood, lack of interest or pleasure, and a range of cognitive and physical symptoms. When these two conditions intersect, clinicians face intricate diagnostic, treatment, and management dilemmas. This paper delves into the complexities of addressing panic attacks in elderly patients with depression, exploring diagnostic intricacies, treatment considerations, and the broader biopsychosocial context.

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