Influential health group says U.S. doctors should screen more adults for anxiety

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health complaints, affecting about 40% of U.S. women at some point in their lives. Black people, those living in poverty, people who have other mental health issues are among those who face higher risks for developing anxiety. The proposal is open for public comment until Oct. 17, but the group usually affirms its draft guidance. In 2020, a group affiliated with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended routine primary care anxiety screening for women and girls starting at age 13.

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