The country’s central panel of preventive health specialists recommended that doctors conduct frequent anxiety disorder screening on adult patients below 65. Recent proof portrays that screening can significantly assist those patients in finding inner peace.
A task force known as USPSTF (US Preventive Services Task Force) tabled this matter. They discovered that compelling evidence for patients ages 19 to 64 indicated reduced anxiety symptoms. Moreover, there was an improvement noted in their general life quality.
Screening for anxiety, depression, and suicide risk
The task force reaffirmed its stand on adults receiving frequent screening for depression. Silverstein, a task force member, says they were able to find effective ways to screen individuals for severe and less severe mental disorders. Unfortunately, the team discouraged screening seniors. Silverstein says they could not find the same evidence relating to those outcomes in seniors.
In addition, the team refrained from conducting suicide risk screens despite being one of the leading causes of death among adults. The worldwide incidence of depression and anxiety rose by 25% during the initial year of the pandemic. The Who released a scientific brief on the information stated. Levounis, another task force member, says anxiety and depression disorders in the US are more frequent, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. He estimates a single individual in five encountering it at any moment. This can go on without detection and worsen over time if not treated. The USPSTF got several appeals to investigate the influences of screening for anxiety. It didn’t take much convincing as it is a crucial topic many adults face.
Types of screening tools
Silverstein explained that a family doctor would offer the screening, not for patients asking for it directly. The screening will involve questionnaires designed to detect disorders accurately. There are also two screening tools, namely GAD-2 and GAD-7. GAD-2 has two questions prompting anxiety and nervousness, whereas GAD-7 has seven questions of the same kind.
Screening for these mental health disorders is vital as they play a significant role in the well-being of individuals. Diagnosing and addressing them can therefore improve the quality of life of those afflicted.