National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day at Strong Memorial Hospital

April 03, 1997

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 1997, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Strong Memorial Hospital

Department of Psychiatry

Room 1-9041

Parking: Visitors' Lot on Crittenden Blvd.

Strong Memorial Hospital's Department of Psychiatry, along with nearly 1500 other hospitals and clinics throughout the nation, will conduct a screening for people who may be suffering from symptoms of anxiety disorders. Free and open to the public, the screening is suited for adults, adolescents, and children and is entirely confidential.

An estimated 28 million Americans each year are affected by anxiety disorders, making them the most common mental health problem in the United States. Often characterized by symptoms such as excessive nervousness, intense fears, panic attacks, heart palpitations, and associated avoidance as well as worry, fatigue, sleeplessness, or poor concentration, anxiety disorders can be quite debilitating, but they are also highly treatable conditions. Proven treatments include medication and psychotherapy, especially using cognitive and behavioral therapy methods.

"Anxiety disorders are very common illnesses that can lead to frequent medical care visits," says Jeffrey C. Levenkron, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and co-director of the May 7th screening. "They are not weaknesses or character flaws, as many people presume. The screening session is designed to educate people about the differences, and to offer them information about symptoms and the possible treatments that are available in our community for combating anxiety."

The screening is available to adults, teenagers, and children. The entire process will take approximately two hours, during which time participants will complete written self-evaluations, talk one-on-one with a mental health professional, view an educational video, and receive a referral, if appropriate. All information is kept strictly confidential.

Participants may park in the visitor lot (Lot #3) off of Crittenden Boulevard, across from the Department of Psychiatry entrance. Signs will direct participants to the registration room.

Those wishing to attend the National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day at Strong Memorial Hospital are encouraged to preregister by calling (716) 275-4987. Participants need only leave their first name. Although preregistration is suggested, it is not required. All participants are urged to arrive on time as this is not an open-ended screening.

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