Psychological Services Center to Hold Free, Public Anxiety Screenings

Published on Tue, January 31, 2012

The Psychological Services Center at Marywood University will be holding a free "Anxiety Screening Day" on Thursday, February 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the McGowan Center. Members of the community are welcome. The center will be administering free, confidential screenings that include an educational presentation, a written self-test, a private meeting with a mental health professional and a referral, if appropriate.

Amanda Surace, doctoral student and co-organizer of the event, says the Psychological Services Center has been offering this service for more than 12 years, providing confidential and anonymous anxiety screenings to individuals of all ages.

"Anxiety is very common," Surace said. "Often, people do not know where to go to get help, so this is an opportunity for people to get help."

According to survey research published by the American Psychological Association, 22 percent of American adults reported an extreme level of stress in 2011. Common signs of anxiety are excessive and uncontrollable worrying, feelings of panic or nervousness, difficulty concentrating and difficulty sleeping.

"I would like to see more education about anxiety," Surace said, when asked what she hopes to accomplish. "People aren't always aware of what the signs for anxiety are. It could be very debilitating."

If you have any questions, please call (570) 348-6269 or visit the Psychological Services Center website.