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Why Universal Anxiety Screening Matters

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More than half of all patients evaluated for anxiety are ultimately diagnosed with the condition, yet thousands never receive any screening.

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Published on Nov 17, 2023

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Screening for Depression and Suicide Risk in Adults

In June 2023, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) made a paradigm-shifting mental health recommendation: : Every adult between the ages of 19 and 64, regardless of symptoms, should receive routine screenings for anxiety—a decree that came hot on the heels of a, which indicated that all children aged 8 to 18 should also be routinely screened for the condition.

Taken together, these standards make a bold statement about the state of our collective mental health, which dipped sharply in 2020 and has yet to fully recover.