December 1, 2014

Dr. Susan Maixner quoted in HAP Balanced Living, on aging-related anxiety

Susan Maixner, MD, associate professor of Psychiatry, was quoted recently in a HAP Balanced Living article on the anxiety that comes with aging.

For many seniors, panic arises from age-related anxieties - deteriorating health, fear of falling or loss of mobility and needing to ask for help with things you once handled independently. "Everyone experiences anxiety a little differently," says Dr. Maixner. Physical sensations can include rapid breathing, feeling heavy and tired, having an upset stomach or even having to go to the bathroom more frequently. You may not know exactly what's wrong, but you know something isn't right. "A little bit of worry can motivate you to do things," she says, but it becomes destructive when anxiety interferes with daily living. Read more