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National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day

Raise awareness for mental health - join us on National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day and take the first step towards understanding and healing.
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As we champion awareness for mental health, we eagerly look forward to May 1 for the National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day. This day was specially designated in the early 1990s by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), as part of its mission to highlight the importance of early detection and treatment of anxiety disorders. It's a significant juncture in our calendar where individuals are encouraged to get screened and take that initial, crucial step towards understanding and healing. So, join us in illuminating the path towards mental wellness and in breaking down the societal stigma associated with mental health disorders!

History of National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day

National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day Dates

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Anxiety Officially Recognized</div><div class='timeline-text'>Anxiety disorders are officially recognized in the third edition of "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM-III) published by the American Psychiatric Association.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Anxiety Disorders Screening Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Institute of Mental Health establishes National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day, to raise awareness about the importance of diagnosis and treatment.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1991</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Increased Public Awareness</div><div class='timeline-text'>Public health campaigns during the 1990s significantly increased public awareness and understanding of anxiety disorders.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1996</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of ADAA</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) is established, further promoting awareness and providing resources for individuals suffering from anxiety disorders.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Online Screening Tools</div><div class='timeline-text'>With the advent of digital platforms, online screening tools become widely available making it more accessible for individuals to seek help.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Mental Health Crisis</div><div class='timeline-text'>The COVID-19 pandemic highlights mental health crisis with reported anxiety cases seeing a significant rise globally, emphasizing the importance of mental health screening.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Organize a community screening event</h3><p class='facts-text'>Contact your local health care providers and organize an event where people can come and get screened for anxiety disorders. This can be a great way to provide an accessible option for those in your community who may be grappling with anxiety issues.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Promote awareness through social media</h3><p class='facts-text'>Use your social media platforms to make posts about National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day. This can not only bring awareness to the day itself, but also serve as an invitation for those who may be suffering in silence to consider getting screened.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Start a conversation</h3><p class='facts-text'>Get a dialogue going among friends, family, or coworkers about anxiety disorders. This can be a simple yet powerful way to break down stigmas and foster understanding.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host a webinar or workshop</h3><p class='facts-text'>Invite mental health professionals to conduct a webinar or workshop on mental health. This can help educate the wider community about anxiety disorders and stress the importance of getting screened.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Donate to mental health organizations</h3><p class='facts-text'>Celebrate National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day by making a donation to organizations dedicated to mental health. Your donation will help these organizations continue their work of providing resources and support for those suffering from anxiety disorders.</p></div></div>

Why National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promotes Early Detection and Intervention</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day plays a crucial role in raising awareness on the importance of early detection and treatment of anxiety disorders. Regular screening can help identify symptoms at an early stage, allowing for timely intervention and potentially preventing the disorder from worsening.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Strives to Break Down Social Stigma</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>This special day aims to dismantle societal stigma associated with mental health disorders. By starting conversations and promoting awareness, it encourages a more understanding and accepting society, where those suffering from such disorders feel more comfortable in seeking help. </p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Encourages Community Engagement</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day offers an opportunity for community engagement. By organizing screening events, promoting awareness through social media, or conducting workshops, individuals can participate actively in making mental health services more accessible and removing the taboo associated with them.</p></div></div>

5 Little-Known Facts on Anxiety Disorders

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Anxiety disorders are amongst the most common mental illnesses globally</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to the World Health Organization, approximately 264 million people worldwide suffer from anxiety disorders. This data puts forward the high prevalence and seriousness of these disorders.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are several types of anxiety disorders</h3><p class='facts-content'>Anxiety disorders are not a monolith. They include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and separation anxiety disorder.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a highly effective form of treatment</h3><p class='facts-content'>CBT is one of the most effective psychological treatments for anxiety disorders. It usually involves working with a therapist to identify thought and behavior patterns, then replacing them with healthier responses.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Anxiety disorders can lead to other health problems if untreated</h3><p class='facts-content'>Long-term untreated anxiety can potentially lead to serious health complications including heart diseases, respiratory disorders, and gastrointestinal problems. This underlines the importance of early detection and treatment.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Children can also suffer from anxiety disorders</h3><p class='facts-content'>Anxiety disorders don't just affect adults. Children and adolescents can also develop anxiety disorders, emphasizing the need for early mental health education and resources for all age groups.</p></div></div>

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