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United States Preventive Services Working Group recommended screenings for anxiety and depression for adults as mental health issues among Americans rise.
The task force recommends that adults under the age of 65 undergo screenings for anxiety. Meanwhile, the depression policy is recommended for all adults, including those who are pregnant and postpartum. The recommendation applies only to people who have no recognized signs of these mental disorders.
“To address the critical need to support the mental health of adults in primary care, the task force reviewed the evidence on screening for anxiety, depression and suicide risk,” said Lori Pbert, member of the working group, in statement. “The good news is that screening all adults for depression, including those who are pregnant and postpartum, and screening adults under 65 for anxiety, can help identify these conditions early. so people can be connected to care.”
According to the new guidelines, anxiety is classified as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, separation anxiety disorder, phobias and selective mutism. The task force says screenings and follow-up care help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, but more research into its importance for suicide risk.
“The task force cares deeply about the mental health of people nationwide. Unfortunately, evidence is limited on screening adults 65 or older for anxiety and screening all adults for risk. of suicide, so we urgently call for more research,” said Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD. , member of the working group. “In the absence of evidence, healthcare professionals should use their judgment based on individual patient circumstances to determine whether or not to screen.”
UTSF is made up of volunteer medical experts who seek to make evidence-based recommendations involving preventive screenings, counseling, and medications to improve the health of Americans. The positions of the working group do not represent the official positions of the Ministry of Health and social services.
The preliminary evidence review proposal is open for public comment until October 1. 17.