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Anxiety Screening Plans in the U.S.A.

A panel of medical experts in America have recommended that doctors routinely anxiety screen their adult patients .  This follows on from a previous recommendation that children and teenagers should be regularly assessed.

Who is this anxiety screening panel?

The panel is called the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force and states that the guidelines are intended to help those with hidden anxiety.  Some of the causes can be suppressed for many years.

Why is anxiety screening important in the U.S.A.

The Federal Department of Health and Human Services has had major concerns about anxiety within the community since before the pandemic.

Now the effects caused by the pandemic are feeding through.  Not just the isolation that people have been suffering, but also the loss of family members.  Adding to that inflation and crime worries and there is a “perfect storm” brewing.

In fact, the experts consider anxiety to be at crisis levels.

Who is at risk?

According to the current figures about 25% of men are likely to suffer from anxiety disorders during their lifetimes and this compares with a massive 40% of women.  

How will anxiety screening work?

The screening is not compulsory now, but it is thought that it will become a standard part of a medical consultation after a while.

The primary care physicians have expressed concerns that adding this procedure to a normal consultation will lengthen the standard consultation, and make short appointments impractical.

What about the Rest of the world?

The world Health Organisation recognises that anxiety and depression shot up by 25% during the first year of the pandemic and it has only reduced a little since.

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The World Health Organisation have an article about the effects that Covid-19 have triggered worldwide increases in anxiety and depression.