Anxiety Disorders

Should Routine Anxiety Screenings Be a Thing?

The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative is recommending that all women over 13 years old get screened for anxiety, due to its prevalence and far-reaching impacts on quality of life.

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    • WPSI Recommendation: Annals of Internal Medicine. (2020.) “Screening for Anxiety in Adolescent and Adult Women: A Recommendation from the Women's Preventive Services Initiative.”

    • Anxiety Stats: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health. (n.d.) “Anxiety disorders.”

    • Genetic Predisposition: Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience. (2017.) “Genetics of generalized anxiety disorder and related traits.”

    • Black Women and Anxiety: Research in Nursing & Health. (2009.) “African American Women's Beliefs About Mental Illness, Stigma, and Preferred Coping Behaviors.”

    • Black Women and Domestic Violence: The National Center on Violence Against Women In The Black Community. (2018.) “Intimate Partner Violence in the Black Community.”

    Sarah Ellis

    Sarah Ellis


    Sarah Ellis is a wellness and culture writer who covers everything from contraceptive access to chronic health conditions to fitness trends. She is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and currently resides in NYC. She has written for Elite Daily, Greatist, mindbodygreen and others. When she’s not writing, Sarah loves distance running, vegan food, and getting the most out of her library card.