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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening adults for anxiety disorders and depression amid growing concerns about Americans’ mental health.
The task force recommends that adults under the age of 65 be screened for anxiety disorders.The depression policy, on the other hand, is recommended for all adults, including pregnant and postpartum women. This recommendation applies only to individuals who are unaware of the signs of these mental conditions.
“To address the critical need to support adult mental health in primary care, the task force reviewed the evidence on screening for anxiety, depression, and suicide risk,” said the task force. Member Lori Pbert said. statement“The good news is that screening all adults, including those who are pregnant and postpartum, for depression, and adults under 65 for anxiety, will help us identify these conditions early and help people get better.” This means that it can lead to care.
The new guidance classifies anxiety as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, separation anxiety disorder, phobias, and selective mutism. The task force says screening and follow-up care can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, but more research is being done on its importance with respect to suicide risk.
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“The task force has a deep concern for the mental health of people across the country. We urgently call for further research,” said Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe. , a member of the task force. “In the absence of evidence, medical professionals should base their judgment on individual patient circumstances when deciding whether to screen.”
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UTSF is made up of volunteer medical professionals who seek to develop evidence-based recommendations, including screening, counseling, and preventative medicines, to improve the health of Americans. Task Force positions do not represent official positions with the Department of Health and Human Services.
A review of the evidence in the draft proposal is open for public comment until Oct. 17.
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