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Do you find yourself worrying all the time, being afraid in social situations, anticipating your next panic attack, feeling sad and blue or having trouble sleeping? Do you have difficulty concentrating or have headaches for no reason?

If so, you may be suffering from an anxiety and/or a depressive disorder.

To help individuals learn about anxiety disorders, their symptoms and effective treatments, the UNM-Valencia Campus Counseling Services will hold a free screening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, in the school cafeteria as part of National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day.

The program includes receiving information about anxiety disorders and other mental illnesses, completing an anonymous screening questionnaire, meeting a mental health professional to review the questionnaire and receiving a referral if necessary.

Every year, more than 38 million Americans suffer from anxiety and depressive disorders. These medical illnesses do not discriminate and affect people of all races, ages and economic backgrounds, a news release said.

Why do people continue to suffer alone with anxious and depressed feelings?

Sometimes symptoms of anxiety and depression will be mistaken for another medical illness and go undiagnosed, sometimes people are ashamed or afraid, and sometimes people don’t know enough about anxiety and depressive disorders to put a name to the feelings and symptoms they have, officials at the campus said.

National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day is a program for individuals to get answers to these puzzling problems.

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The Valencia County News-Bulletin is a locally owned and operated community newspaper, dedicated to serving Valencia County since 1910 through the highest journalistic and professional business standards. The VCNB is published weekly on Thursdays, including holidays both in print and online.