Expert Panel Recommends Routine Anxiety Screening for US AdultsWith many US adults experiencing anxiety disorders at some point in life, regular screening could have major benefits, especially as anxiety diagnoses have risen with Covid.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
For the first time, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force has issued recommendations that Doctors regularly screen all U.S. adults under 65 for anxiety.
Based on a review that began even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the recommendations are timely, as the Covid pandemic has been accompanied by an increase in mental health problems across the board, co-author and psychologist-researcher Lori Pbert told the AP.
Evidence for the benefits of regular screening, like effective treatment, outweigh potential risks.
At some point in their lives, up to 40% of women and 25% of men are affected by anxiety disorders making them one of the most common mental health complaints. People living in poverty, black people, pregnant women, or those with other mental health conditions are more likely to develop anxiety disorders.