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The US Preventive Services Task Force has recommended anxiety and depression screening for adults as mental health problems increase among Americans.
The task force recommends that adults under the age of 65 be screened for anxiety. Meanwhile, the depression policy is recommended for all adults, including those in pregnancy and after childbirth. The recommendation only applies to people who have no recognized signs of these mental conditions.
“To address the critical need to support adult mental health in primary care, the Task Force looked at evidence on screening for anxiety, depression and suicide risk,” said Lori Pbert, member of the task force. , in a statement. “The good news is that screening all adults for depression, including those in pregnancy and postpartum, and anxiety screening for adults under the age of 65, can help identify these conditions early on. that people can be connected to care “.
According to the new guide, 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 further research on its importance regarding suicide risk.
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“The Task Force cares deeply about the mental health of people nationwide. Unfortunately, there is limited evidence on screening adults aged 65 and over for anxiety and screening all adults for suicide risk. , so we urgently call for more research, ”said Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, a member of the task force. “In the absence of evidence, healthcare professionals should use their judgment based on the patient’s individual circumstances in determining whether or not to screen.”
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The UTSF is comprised of volunteer medical experts who seek to make evidence-based recommendations involving screening, counseling, and preventative medications to improve the health of Americans. The task force positions do not represent the official positions of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The draft evidence review proposal is open for public comment until 10 October. 17
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