News Release

May 4, 2007

Contact: Christopher DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

Free Anxiety Screenings at UConn Health Center

National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week is May 6-12

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Constant worrying. Sadness or hopelessness. Anxiety attacks. Trouble sleeping. Unexplainable aches and pains. By year’s end, more than 17-million Americans will have suffered from an anxiety disorder, with many mistakenly attributing the pain or discomfort to an undiagnosed physical problem.

“Many people may be suffering from different symptoms and not realize it’s anxiety or depression,” says Karen Steinberg, Ph.D., of the University of Connecticut Health Center’s Department of Psychiatry. ”Anxiety can mask itself in other ways. There could be physical symptoms, trouble concentrating at work, or problems with relationships.”

The Health Center is offering free anxiety screenings Thursday, May 10, at 10 Talcott Notch Road in Farmington. The Department of Psychiatry is on the third floor in the east lobby. In addition to completing an anonymous screening questionnaire, participants will be able to watch a new video on anxiety and depressive disorders and have a confidential meeting with a health care professional.

Appointments are available from 8 to 9:30 a.m., noon to 2 p.m., and 4 to 6 p.m. To make an appointment, call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692.  

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