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Anxiety Disorder Screenings:
Your First Step to a Better Life

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Anxiety comes in many forms, from general worry to specific fears or even panic attacks. Recognizing it starts with knowing the signs, such as constant worry, restlessness, irritability, trouble focusing, and physical symptoms like tense muscles or poor sleep.

Anxiety disorders impact more than 40 million adults in the U.S., which accounts for about 19.1% of the population.

The most common type is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), which impacts around 6.8 million adults. Other common disorders are social anxiety disorder and panic disorder. Despite being common, these orders often remain undiagnosed and untreated, making it hard to manage daily life.

 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently recommended that doctors should screen adults aged 19 and older for anxiety disorders, even if they don't show any signs or symptoms. This includes pregnant and postpartum individuals.

 

The USPSTF found that screening for anxiety disorders in adults, particularly younger ones, can help identify these conditions early on. However, further research is needed to determine the potential benefits of screening adults aged 65 and older.

 

Screening tools like the Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) scale, Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) anxiety subscale, Geriatric Anxiety Scale (GAS), and Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) can be utilized, but it's important to remember that screening isn't a diagnosis — it's just the first step. If someone screens positive, they will need further evaluation to confirm the diagnosis and get the right care.

 

We encourage you to take a free anxiety test here. Taking a few minutes to check in can lead to the support and treatment needed for a better life.

 

If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, we encourage you to reach out for support. Organizations such as the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offer valuable resources, support groups, and educational materials to individuals and their loved ones affected by anxiety disorders.

 

In addition to professional support, the WhiteFlag App lets you connect with others who understand what you're going through for FREE. It's a place where you can share experiences, offer support, and get encouragement from people who've been there too.

 

Connect now! Support is available. WhiteFlag is here to connect you with people who understand.

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