Hospital admissions for anxiety increased with age and were highest among older women, new figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show.
In the 12 months to November 2013 almost three out of ten anxiety admissions were women aged 60 and over (2,440 out of 8,720, or 28 per cent), with 65 to 69 the most common age group of female patient admissions (437, or eight per cent of all female admissions). The most common age group for male patient admissions was 45 to 49 (279, or 8.5 per cent of all male admissions).
Today's report also looks at hospital admissions for stress which were highest in girls aged 15 to 19 years (295) and men aged 40 to 44 years (343) and three quarters of patients were under 50 years old (74 per cent or 3,580 out of 4,840).
The pattern of admissions for anxiety or stress by age and gender was similar to the previous 12 months; however, total admissions fell by over two per cent for anxiety (from 8,93