Even if adults between the ages of 19 and 64 do not show symptoms of anxiety – a recognized health panel of experts is recommending screening for it.
SEATTLE — A new mental health recommendation may prompt more adults to get screened for anxiety.
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) commissioned a systematic review to evaluate the benefits and harms of screening for anxiety disorders in asymptomatic adults.
The USPSTF is independent of the federal government. It makes evidence-based recommendations about preventive services such as screenings, behavioral counseling, and preventive medications. Task Force recommendations are created for primary care professionals by primary care professionals.
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The USPSTF recommends screening for anxiety in adults 64 years or younger, including pregnant and postpartum persons, regardless of risk factors. However, there are some factors that increase risk. These include family history of mental health conditions, the presence of other mental health conditions, a history of stressful life events, smoking or alcohol use, and marital status – widowed or divorced.