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Anxiety Disorders Screening for NIH'ers, May 7

NIMH and the NIH Work/Life Center, with support from the Employee Assistance Program, are sponsoring anxiety disorders screening for NIH staff on Wednesday, May 7, which is National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day.

Employees may walk in any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the sites below (except in Frederick, where the hours are 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). While the event is both confidential and anonymous, employees are free to visit a location where they would feel most comfortable.

Bethesda Rockville Frederick
Bldg. 31,
Rm. B2-B57
NSC, Rm. B
(6001 Exec. Blvd.)
NCI-FCRDC,
Bldg. 426, Rm. 103
Bldg. 10,
Rm. 6C-306
Rockledge Two,
Rm. 6087A
 

At all sites, employees will have the opportunity to view a short video about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment; complete an anonymous screening tool; meet privately, briefly and confidentially with a mental health professional who will provide results and guide employees to diagnostic and treatment resources; and/or just gather NIMH publications.

Anxiety disorders affect nearly 20 million Americans each year. They come in many forms and in varying degrees, sometimes out of the blue, sometimes after painful or traumatic experiences. But however they manifest, effective research-based treatments — which include certain types of psychotherapy, medication or a combination of both — can reduce symptoms in a matter of weeks.

The five major types of anxiety disorders are: panic disorder; generalized anxiety disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder; obsessive-compulsive disorder; and phobias. People suffering from anxiety disorders also often experience symptoms of depression, including a loss of interest in ordinarily satisfying activities; sadness and hopelessness; reduced feelings of pleasure; appetite and sleep disturbances; and difficulties with concentration, decision-making and memory. For more information about anxiety and mood disorders, visit http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/index.cfm#disinfo.

Screening participants who would prefer to communicate in Cantonese or Mandarin may meet with EAP consultant Eva Chen at the Bldg. 10 site after 1 p.m. To arrange for other-language interpretation (Arabic, Hebrew, Vietnamese, Korean, Spanish), call Andrea Rander of the Language Interpretation Program at least 48 hours in advance (496-1807). This option is only available in Bldg. 10. For reasonable accommodation or other information, write to sglezos@nih.gov or call 443-4533.

For employees who are unable to attend this event, the EAP (496-3164) will conduct anonymous screenings through May, which is Mental Health Month. Employees who would prefer to attend a privately sponsored site or whose family members would like to be screened may call Freedom From Fear, the non-profit mental health advocacy organization that sponsors National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day. The number is (888) 442-2033.


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