FREE ANXIETY DISORDER SCREENINGS OFFERED
AT UH MAY 3
Screenings Open to Public on Anxiety Disorders Screening Day
Anxiety disorders affect 40 million people nationwide, including
30 percent of veterans who have spent time in war zones. Often,
the key in overcoming these psychological ailments is early diagnosis
and immediate treatment.
The University of Houston’s Psychology Research and Services
Center (PRSC) will host free anxiety disorder screenings as part
of Anxiety Disorders Screening Day from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on
Thursday, May 3.
The screenings are open to the public and will be conducted by
clinical psychology doctoral students, under the supervision of
professional psychologists. Tests are conducted in English and are
for adults only, but PRSC gives referrals for screenings for Spanish-speaking
individuals or children.
The individual screenings will each last about 20 – 30 minutes
and require participants to view a short video, fill out a questionnaire
and participate in a discussion with student screeners.
Screening responses will indicate either possible clinical anxiety
levels or no distinct symptoms related to anxiety disorders. Although
no official diagnosis can be made through screenings, recommendations
for further evaluation will be made for participants identified
with clinical anxiety levels. Likewise, participants with such symptoms
will be provided with therapy referrals and information on treatment
UH offers individual and group therapy for excessive anxiety, and
services are available for adults and children. These low-cost services
are available to the Houston community. Contact the UH Anxiety Disorder
713-743-8609 for more information.
Anxiety disorders consist of excessive apprehension and fears that
often cause people to take drastic measures to avoid the things
they fear most. Forms of anxiety disorders include: panic disorder,
social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized
anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
“Fears created by anxiety disorders can range from specific
places, objects, animals, disturbing thoughts, memories, embarrassment
or humiliation,” said Peter Norton, director of UH’s
Anxiety Disorder Clinic and assistant professor of psychology. “They
will often try to control their anxiety by avoiding the things they
fear, or by doing things to reduce their anxiety such as asking
for reassurance, checking and re-checking, washing, or telephoning
loved ones to make sure they are safe. Approximately 25 percent
of Americans are diagnosed with anxiety disorders in their lifetime.”
||Free Anxiety Screenings/Anxiety Disorders Screening Day
||9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday, May 3
||Psychology Research and Services Center
University of Houston
4505 Cullen Blvd. – Entrance 8
Houston, TX 77204
||The UH Anxiety Disorder Clinic, UH Psychology Research and
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