American adults under the age of 65 should regularly be screened for anxiety, according to updated recommendations from an influential group of health experts.
This marks the first time the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, an independent agency, has recommended regular screenings without symptoms. It also recommends depression screenings for adults and children. Its proposals were posted on its website on Tuesday and will remain open to public comment through Oct. 17. The research that went into the recommendation started before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the task force said the past two years have likely worsened issues such as social anxiety, excessive fear, and worry.
“Excessive fear”? 🤔