Case Studies in Dementia-Related Anxiety

Molly Maxfield, Jennifer R. Roberts, Joanna Dieker

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Abstract

Two clients seeking neuropsychological assessment reported anxiety about their cognitive status. We review the cases to increase our understanding of factors contributing to dementia-related anxiety. Case 1 met the criteria for mild neurocognitive disorder; the client's memory was impaired, and she had a high genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease. The client reported anxiety about negative perceptions of quality of life among individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Case 2 did not meet the criteria for a neurocognitive disorder. Anxiety about this client's cognitive status appeared attributable to generalized anxiety disorder, given his anxiety about diverse topics. Both clients reported embarrassment about forgetfulness and social withdrawal. Dementia-related anxiety is believed to be relatively common, to exist on a continuum, to have unique social implications, and to stem from various sources, necessitating differing interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalGeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease and related dementias
  • dementia-related anxiety
  • neuropsychological assessment
  • social withdrawal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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