Rise In Clare Elderly Presenting To GPs With Severe Anxiety During Third Wave

A Clare GP has raised concern about a rise in elderly people, in particular, presenting with severe anxiety, depression and stress during the third wave of the pandemic.

Dr Yvonne Williams says a historical lack of resources is compunding issues presented by the pandemic, with many services now unavailable due to increased restrictions.

New figures show that 70 million additional anti-depressant tablets were dispensed across the country between January and October last year, compared with the same period in 2019.


Shannon GP, Dr Williams says the inability to refer patients to psychological services could have a serious impact post-Covid.