Psychiatric News (2/14) reports, “While early reports suggested that older adults were reporting less depression and anxiety in response to the” COVID-19 “pandemic than those in younger age groups, long-term studies have since revealed factors that increase the likelihood that older adults will face negative mental health outcomes related to the pandemic, wrote psychiatrist Ipsit V. Vahia, MD, and research associate Hailey V. Cray, MPH, in an editorial published” online Feb. 14 ahead of print in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. The editorials’ “authors described several studies that point to worsening mental health reported by older adults who survived COVID-19, including higher rates of anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder, than those who did not contract COVID-19 and persistent psychiatric symptoms reported by people with so-called ‘long COVID.’” (SOURCE: APA Headlines)