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Behavioral Disorders in the Elderly

A survey found that one in two persons between the ages of 65 and 84 had experienced a mental illness at some time in their lives. About one-third of them had symptoms within the previous 12 months. Nevertheless, prevalence rates vary greatly across nations. For instance, panic disorder was more prevalent in Barcelona, Italy, than in London/Canterbury, England. On the other hand, Madrid and Ferrara had lower incidences of drug use disorders and anxiety disorders . Depression is the most prevalent mental disease among elderly individuals. While the incidence of major depressive illness is 2.8% in China, it can reach 28% in certain other nations. Depressive symptoms are experienced by ten to twenty percent of older persons, and that percentage climbs with age. These people develop severe depressive episodes in 5% of cases. Many individuals might not be aware that an older relative or friend suffers from a mental illness. It can be challenging to distinguish between mental illness symptom

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