04/29/2005

WVU to Hold Anxiety Disorder Screening Day May 5

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Nearly a quarter of Americans will suffer from an anxiety disorder at some time in their lives. Sadly, only about one third of those will seek treatment for their illness.

As part of National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day to help build awareness and educate the public about anxiety disorders, the West Virginia University Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry will hold a screening from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 5, in the John Jones Conference Center at the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. 

Sponsored by more than fifteen national mental health organizations, National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day will give thousands of Americans across the country the opportunity to get screened for anxiety and depressive illnesses. This free program will include completing a screening questionnaire, viewing a video, meeting with a mental health professional, and receiving a variety of educational materials.

“Everyone has experienced anxiety from time to time. However, anxiety can become so strong that it gets in the way of routine daily activities. It often contributes to physical symptoms that are uncomfortable, scary and painful,” said Amy Combs-Lane, Ph.D., psychologist in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry. “Many individuals cope by trying to avoid the thing that makes them anxious. The problem is that anxiety tends to grow, to the point that a person may feel it has taken over their life. Fortunately, effective treatments are available for managing anxiety. I encourage individuals to learn more."

For additional information please call Combs-Lane at (304) 293-5899, and visit the Freedom from Fear Web site at www.freedomfromfear.org.

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For more information:
Stacy Pachuta HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
pachutas@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
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