PRESS RELEASES

McLean Hospital to Host Eighth Annual Anxiety Disorders Screenings

Screening
Wednesday
May 2
5 pm to 7 pm
Pierce Hall
617-855-2323

April 10, 2001 -- Belmont, MA --  On Wednesday, May 2, McLean Hospital will host its eighth annual anxiety disorders screening day in correlation with National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day (NADSD). Founded in 1993, NADSD educates and screens for five different anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. McLean and other sites across the country will offer free and confidential screenings for people who have questions or concerns relating to anxiety disorders.

Anxiety disorders are the nation’s most common mental illness. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that more than 28 million people per year will develop some type of anxiety disorder. Nearly 25 percent all Americans will suffer from an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives.

"Anxiety is a tremendous problem shared by millions of Americans," said Scott Ewing, DO, director of McLean Hospital’s Depression and Anxiety Disorders Outpatient Service. "Contrary to what some people may believe, anxiety disorders are not ‘all in one’s head.’ Like many other psychiatric conditions, anxiety disorders are both physiologically and psychologically based."

NADSD is conducted in collaboration with Freedom from Fear and is sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Mental Health Association.

McLean Hospital will offer screenings on Wednesday, May 2, from 5 pm to 7 pm in Pierce Hall. These free sessions include a lecture, a written self-test, a confidential interview with a health professional and treatment, as necessary.

For further information about the McLean screening, call 617-855-2323. To locate a site near you, call 1-888-442-2022.