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The relationship between anxiety /mood disorders and ageing


The relationship between anxiety/mood disorders and aging

Dependent variable

A dependent variable can change depending on other factors put into it (Losh, 2017). In the relationship between panic/mood disorders, aging is the dependent variables

Independent variable

On the other hand, independent variables cannot vary irrespective of any changes (Losh, 2017). Independent variables to the research question are mood disorders which can take two sub-variables such as depression and bipolar disorder. The other independent variable is an anxiety disorder, which can take two sub-variables: panic and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

Mood disorder affects one’s ability to function well as it distorts one emotional state making it inconsistent with one’s circumstances (Malhi, Irwin, Hamilton, Morris, Boyce, Mulder, & Porter, 2018). On the other hand, according to Bandelow, Michaelis, and Wedekind (2017). Anxiety is a mental health problem characterized by worry about the stress that affects one’s activities. The two variables relate uniquely: anxiety affects one’s mood, but it is not a mood disorder. It affects moods without connecting to their mood directly. Thus mood disorder patients are highly likely to develop anxiety disorder conditions.

As mood disorder causes one’s interest in daily activities, so does depression, which is characterized by causing significant impairment in daily life (Bandelow et al., 2017). Similarly, bipolar causes unpredictable mood swings and impairs everyday life whenever it attacks. On the other hand, anxiety is stress over something in the future; panic disorders cause recurrence of those stress attacks while GAD causes excessively persisting worries about various things (Malhi et al., 2018).

Both anxiety and mood disorders can be signs of an aging person. However, there are aged persons without the conditions and young individuals with the conditions. Therefore, mood disorders such as depression and bipolar cannot make one age suddenly. Similarly, anxiety conditions like GAD and panic cannot result in aging.





Losh, S. C. (2017). Dependent and Independent Variables. The WileyBlackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, 1-3.

Malhi, G. S., Irwin, L., Hamilton, A., Morris, G., Boyce, P., Mulder, R., & Porter, R. J. (2018). Modelling mood disorders: an ACE solution?. Bipolar disorders20, 4-16.

Bandelow, B., Michaelis, S., & Wedekind, D. (2017). Treatment of anxiety disorders. Dialogues in clinical neuroscience19(2), 93.


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