National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day
April 20, 1999
Fear and anxiety are a normal part of everyday life. Events such as a job interview, a college entrance exam, or driving on snowy roads all provoke anxiety and fear to some degree. It’s when the anxiety and fear go awry and escalate to overwhelming levels, that there is cause for concern.
Over 23 million Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder, which include panic disorder, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
On Wednesday, May 5, Strong Behavioral Health and the Highland Center for Women will join more than 1,500 health care facilities across the nation in offering free screenings for anxiety disorders. Most individuals with anxiety disorders have a wide range of symptoms. The most common of these symptoms include excessive worrying or fear, heart palpitations, sleep difficulties, panic attacks, obsessive or ritualistic behaviors, phobias, poor concentration, and fatigue. Left untreated, these disorders can dramatically reduce productivity and significantly diminish an individual’s quality of life. However, anxiety disorders are highly treatable through the use of psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, and/or medication.
The screening, which is open to the community-at-large, is free and confidential. Children and adolescents with symptoms of anxiety are also invited to attend the screening. During the screening, attendees will view an educational video, complete a brief questionnaire, speak one-on-one with a mental health professional, and if appropriate, receive a referral.
Two screenings are scheduled on May 5 – one at noon at Highland Hospital’s Lobby Conference room and the other at 6:00 pm at Strong Behavioral Health, room 1-9041, 300 Crittenden Boulevard. Seating is limited and may be reserved anonymously by calling (716) 275-3565. Interpreters for the hearing impaired will be available with advance notification by calling (716) 275-3565.
Participants attending the Highland Hospital screening may park in the ramp garage; those attending the screening at Strong may park in the visitor lot, directly across the street from the Strong Behavioral Health entrance.