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Health Panel Calls for Routine Anxiety Screening in Adults

The guidance is a first of its kind for U.S. adults aged 19 to 64

In a nod to the nation’s pressing mental health crisis, an influential group of medical experts for the first time is recommending that adults under age 65 get screened for anxiety.

The draft recommendations, from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, are designed to help primary care clinicians identify early signs of anxiety during routine care, using questionnaires and other screening tools.

Anxiety disorders are often unrecognized and under-detected in primary care: One study cited by the task force found the median time for initiating treatment for anxiety is a staggering 23 years.

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