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Pharmacists Offer Help for Anxiety Disorders Screening

Magazine article Drug Topics

Pharmacists Offer Help for Anxiety Disorders Screening

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After encouraging patients to call a free hotline last year, some pharmacists are gearing up to get down in the trenches to help with National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day.

People who think they may be suffering from more than just a bad day will have an opportunity to get some free help by attending one of thousands of anxiety disorder screening sites across the country on May 1. More than 28 million Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder each year, but only about 25% of them will seek treatment. The goal of the national screening day is to raise public awareness during Mental Health Month, let people know there are treatment options, and make referrals if they are requested.

Pharmacists are taking a more active role in the screening day this year, thanks to the coordinating efforts of the Pharmacy Council on Mental Health, a program of Pharmacists Planning Service Inc., Sausalito, Calif. For example, screening sites will be set up at three Los Angeles community pharmacies, said Robert Fay, the council's consumer advocate. And two pharmacy college professors have volunteered to handle a pharmacy telephone hotline to answer drugrelated questions.

A group of professors in psychiatric practice at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy will operate screening sites at the three Los Angles community pharmacies, under the supervision of Mike Wincor, Pharm.D., an associate professor of clinical pharmacy in psychiatry. …

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