Experts say adults in the US should get an anxiety test


An influential set of health guidelines in the US say doctors should test adult patients worryAs part of usual care.

US Preventive Services war unit It is an independent group of healthcare professionals working as volunteers.

The group recommends an anxiety test for everyone from 18 to 65 years of age. The group began its review on anxiety before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, given the increase in mental health issues with the pandemic, the new guidelines “are very timely,” Laurie Peppert said.

As a staff member, Pbert also serves as a psychologist and researcher at the University of Massachusetts Chan School of Medicine. An Associated Press story about the task force’s new guidelines said anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health problems.

The task force notes that about 40 percent of American women are affected by anxiety at some point in their lives. One in 10 pregnant women and those who have just given birth suffer from anxiety. Anxiety disorder also affects more than one in four men in the United States

Around the world, anxiety is also growing – especially among women.

In early March, the World Health Organization released a report on the state of mental health disorders. That report notes that in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, anxiety and depression increased by 25% worldwide.

Anxiety can appear as panic attacksNervousness and increased fear.

Common test tools include answering questions about symptoms The task force said during a primary care physician visit. One such question is “How often do worries and anxieties affect your usual activities?” The task force did not specify how often patients should be tested.

It’s also important to understand that more than testing is necessary to identify an anxiety disorder, Pbert said. The next step, she said, is a thorough examination by a mental health professional. Pbert also noted that finding quality care can be difficult. There is currently a shortage of mental health care industry in the United States.

Megan Wheeler is 31 years old from Hoboken, New Jersey. In 2013, she was identified as suffering from an anxiety disorder.

Megan Wallen, who specializes in book publishing marketing, is concerned.  She says regular doctor visits should include tests for mental health problems in addition to physical problems.

Megan Wallen, who specializes in book publishing marketing, is concerned. She says regular doctor visits should include tests for mental health problems in addition to physical problems.

Wheeler says clinicians should test mental health as commonly as physical health.

“Health is health, whether it’s the problem or not,” Wallen said Visible or not.”

I got help from medicine and talk therapy. However, her symptoms worsened during the pandemic, and she temporarily returned to her parents’ home.

“The pandemic has made me afraid to leave the house — my anxiety being told anywhere outside of my childhood home was unsafe,” Whelan said. She says she is still struggling.

The task force said there is not enough research in older adults to suggest testing for anxiety in those over 65.

In April, the group released similar guidelines for children.

General or primary care physicians in the United States already know about the increased incidence of anxiety. In 2020, a group affiliated with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggested that anxiety testing should be part of standard care for patients starting at age 13.

Melissa Luis Duarte is a 42-year-old wellness coach and mother of three in Scottsdale, Arizona. It says deep, steady breathing, and exercise MeditationMentioning the things she is thankful for helped her worry.

“Doctors say, ‘Make sure you’re asleep…control your stress,’” she said, noting that it can be hard to put self-care first.

“But that (is) what is necessary,” she added.

I’m Anna Mathieu.

Lindsey Tanner reported this story to the Associated Press. Anna Matteo has adapted it for VOA Learning English.

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worry – n. Feeling anxious, nervous, or restless, usually about an impending event or something with an uncertain outcome.

war unit – n. Temporary gathering under one leader for the purpose of achieving a specific goal

panic attack – n. An episode of intense fear or anxiety that begins suddenly and may occur for no apparent reason or in response to an identifiable stimulus (as a stressful event)

sign of illness – n. A noticeable change in the body or its functions that indicates the presence of another disease or disorder

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talk therapy – n. Psychotherapy focuses on the conversation between the therapist and the patient

Meditation – n. The act or state of planning or thinking calmly

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