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February 28, 2002
CONTACT: Andrea Brown, 312-4416
OSWEGO -- Mental health professionals from SUNY Oswego's Counseling Services Center will offer local residents the opportunity to learn about the signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety and to participate in a free screening Tuesday, March 12, as part of National Anxiety Screening Disorders Week. The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the formal lounge of Hewitt Union.
Participants in the stress and anxiety screening can learn about the causes, symptoms and treatments of stress and anxiety through videos, slides and educational materials. They may complete an anonymous written screening test for anxiety and have the opportunity to discuss the results with a mental health professional.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to experience a 10-minute mimi-massage. Two newly licensed local massage therapists, Katie Godici and Shannon Tiffany, will be available at the screening site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A certified acupuncturist, Caroline Robertson, will demonstrate acupuncture for stress reduction from 10 a.m. until noon.
Anxiety disorders, which afflict an estimated 23 million Americans, include panic disorder, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
"Anxiety disorders are treatable and do not have to ruin your life," said Andrea Brown, a counselor at SUNY Oswego. "Help is available."
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