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Anxiety Disorders Screening Set, May 2

When severe anxiety emerges and persists, our lives seem to take on a pervasive pall. We're convinced we'll never feel like ourselves again, that no one could understand what we're going through. But sometimes anxiety is milder, not so devastating, not so disabling, not so constant — but disturbing and bothersome nonetheless.

Anxiety comes in many forms and in varying degrees, sometimes out of the blue, sometimes after painful or traumatic experiences. But however it manifests itself, help is available — if we seek the proven approaches that research has translated into effective treatments, namely, certain types of psychotherapy, medication or a combination of both.

Yet, many of the nearly 20 million Americans who suffer from an anxiety disorder don't reach out — whether because they're unaware they have a treatable condition or they fear what others will think. But the sooner a person gets help, the quicker he or she can feel good again — sometimes for the first time in many years.

If you work at NIH and would like to be screened, visit any of the six sites below between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on May 2, which is anxiety disorders screening day at NIH (the day after National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day).

BethesdaRockvilleFrederick
31/B2B57EPN/103Ft. Detrick, Bldg. 426,
10/6C306NSC, Rm. BRm. 156
Rockledge I/5038  

This walk-in event, which asks no names and ensures confidentiality, permits NIH participants to view a short video about anxiety disorders, fill out an anonymous screening tool, and consult with an onsite mental health professional. Staff can also drop by and pick up materials, including a list of resources.

Symptoms of the five major types of anxiety disorders may be experienced differently and can also overlap or change over time. They may include obsessions and compulsions; recurrent nightmares, intrusive thoughts, and emotional numbing; feelings of unreality; sudden panic, with racing heartbeat, dizziness, and sweating; avoidance of anxiety-provoking situations or places; relentless worry about objectively unjustified concerns; and/or irrational fears, whether of rarely encountered objects, such as snakes, or of daily situations, such as the need to interact with people.

For more information, visit www.nimh.nih.gov/anxiety/anxietymenu.cfm.

If you have questions about the event — sponsored by the NIH Work & Family Life Center and the National Institute of Mental Health, with support from the Employee Assistance Program — or to request reasonable accommodation, call 443-4533.


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