Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s HouseCall program on CNN today featured a story on anxiety disorders, and offered one of those handy self-assessments that allows you to diagnose yourself with almost anything under the sun.
Gupta said only one in five people with anxiety disorders get help. Then he offered a self-assessment from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA). Gupta listed:
Do you have a (sic) anxiety problem?
Excessive worry, occurring more days than not, for a least six months?
Unreasonable worry about a number of events or activities, such as work or school and/or health?
The inability to control the worry?
He said if you answered yes to any of these, you could seek help from your doctor or from ADAA.
He did not mention that the ADAA’s corporate advisory council is made up of drug companies Eli Lilly & Company, Forest Laboratories, Pfizer, Inc. and Wyeth.
I worry a lot about how commercial, how unquestioning, and how cheerleading much of CNN’s medical news is. It makes me very anxious and I am unable to control that worry. It only gets worse.