- In an effort to combat the rising mental health crisis, the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force is now recommending anxiety screenings as a part of regular checkups.
- Anxiety screenings involve asking patients a series of questions to assess whether they may be experiencing symptoms of an anxiety disorder.
- These screenings may be the key to detecting an anxiety disorder early.
Mental health disorders, like anxiety, are on the rise not only in America but worldwide. In fact, Healthline states that over 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders, yet only 37-percent are receiving treatment. Left untreated, anxiety can be incredibly disabling and it can have severe consequences on one’s health.
In an effort to combat the rising mental health crisis, the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force is now recommending anxiety screenings as a part of regular checkups. So what is an anxiety screening and why should someone get one? We’ll answer that and more in this article.
What Is An Anxiety Screening?
It’s no secret that mental health disorders are increasing and the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force thinks adding anxiety screenings as a part of a regular checkup at the doctor may be able to help. So, what is it?
To conduct an anxiety screening, a primary care physician will ask their patients a series of questions to assess whether they may be experiencing symptoms of an anxiety disorder, explains Verywell Health. Your doctor may ask questions about your lifestyle, whether you worry excessively or intensely, and they’ll ask about physical symptoms of anxiety like sweating and trembling. These simple questions can provide valuable information for your doctor.