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Screening day set for Wednesday

April 30, 1999

Wednesday, May 5, is National Anxiety Disorder Screening Day.

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The first event was launched by Freedom From Fear May 4, 1994, at 152 sites in 42 states. The nonprofit group, based in Staten Island, N.Y., was founded in 1984 by Mary Guardino as an outgrowth of her own experiences with panic disorder, according to information provided by Freedom From Fear.

"It's an educational event. It's not meant to diagnose anyone," says Curt Miller, chairman of Mental Health Association of Maryland, Washington County.

Participants will see a video discussing the types of anxiety disorders and will fill out a questionnaire about the various symptoms they are experiencing. Attendees will have the opportunity to have an individual 10- to 15-minute interview with a mental health professional who can make recommendations on how they should proceed.

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Information on places that people can go for treatment also will be available, Miller says.

Free screenings will be conducted at the following sites:

* Wednesday, May 5, at Meadowbrook, 18714 North Village Plaza, Hagerstown, at 4 p.m.

* Year-round at Summit Behavioral Health, 176 S. Coldbrook Ave., Chambersburg, Pa., Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information about other screening sites, call 1-888-442-2022.

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