Children as Young as 8 Should Be Screened for Anxiety, Experts Recommend

All children should be screened for anxiety from the age of 8, recommended by government-backed experts, who provide new guidance as doctors and parents warn of a worsening mental health crisis among young people in the wake of the pandemic.

The draft guideline is the first time the US Preventive Services Task Force has issued a recommendation on screening children and adolescents for anxiety. The task force, a panel of independent, volunteer experts that makes recommendations on things like screening for diabetes and cancer, also reiterated its 2016 guidelines on Tuesday that children between the ages of 12 and 18 should be screened for major depressive disorder.

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