Women over 60 most susceptible to anxiety

Women over the age of 60 are the most likely to be hospitalised for anxiety.

According to data from Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), 28 per cent of anxiety admissions in England were women aged 60 or over.

The most common age group for men was 45 to 49, while girls between the age of 15 to 19 were most likely to be taken to hospital for stress.

Women made up three out of every five admissions for anxiety. However, men made up more than half of the total for stress, with levels highest in the 40 to 44 age group.

The vast majority of both anxiety and stress cases turned out to be emergency admissions. It transpired Merseyside had the highest number of patients hospitalised for both anxiety and stress.

Chief executive at the HSCIC Alan Perkins said the report showed striking age patterns for anxiety.

“Hospitals have dealt with fewer admissions for anxiety and stress compared to last year, but the higher rates of anxiety in the older generation could be an area for concern.”