Welcome to ADAA

Founded in 1979, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research. With more than 1,800 professional mental health members (many of whom contribute blog posts, host webinars, review website content and more) ADAA is a leader in education, training, and research. More than 11 million people from around the world visit the ADAA website annually (and click on more than 38,000,000 pages)  to find current treatment and evidence-based research information and to access free resources and support. Together we are changing lives.  Welcome!


 

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ADAA member Kimberly Morrow, LCSW is quoted in this Money.com article. "...Although online apps can never take the place of a traditional therapeutic relationship, they are a low stakes way of learning some of the same skills that you’d get at an in-person session—like recognizing and challenging thoughts, identifying emotions, and meditation."You have access to them 24/7,” Morrow says, adding that if you’re in the middle of a panic attack, you can reach right for your phone, write down the symptoms and some apps will be able to talk you through methods a therapist might tell you.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a national public health challenge that disproportionately affects those who served our nation. Although the diagnosis has its roots in combat, the medical community now recognizes that PTSD affects civilians and service members alike.  Nearly seven percent of American adults will likely experience PTSD during their lifetimes, but it took hundreds of years, and the dawn of industrial-scale warfare, for society to recognize the deleterious physical and mental effects of experiencing, witnessing, or becoming aware of traumatic events. Retired U.S. Army lieutenant general Burke Garrett shares an informal conversation about healing the invisible wounds of PTSD. #PTSD  #PTSDAwareness
ADAA president Dr. Luana Marques, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a clinical psychologist explains that post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychological disorder that occurs after one experiences a traumatic event like a severe car accident, combat stress, or any other threat to life. Marques says it is normal to feel stressed and depressed under those circumstances. “After a traumatic event, biologically, we’re actually wired to have a stress response,” Marques tells Yahoo Life. “That stress eventually may lead to symptoms like difficulty sleeping, nightmares, difficulty concentrating [and] being on guard all the time.”  Marques says that when we put all of those symptoms together it could look like a case of PTSD but she warns not to jump to conclusions. “It's really important to remember that immediately after traumatic events, no matter how difficult it is, one can not have the diagnosis of PTSD,” she says. “Only about three months after is when we start to talk about, is that person developing the symptoms of PTSD?” #PTSDAwarenessDay
(ADAA board member) Ken Goodman, LCSW - producer of The Anxiety Solution Series, emphasizes that stomach distress worsens and persists when you are fearful of the symptoms and try to stop them. “Anxiety sufferers can reduce their distress over time by accepting what they can’t control and focusing on living their life,” Goodman says. “Eating healthy, deep breathing, guided meditation, exercise, and talking about the source of one’s anxiety will also help.” Getting help for your anxiety will make a big difference on physical symptoms, which means talking to a mental health therapist and discussing treatment options is a good first step. If you make changes and nothing improves (if your gut is still causing all kinds of unpleasant stuff like diarrhea and cramps in an unlivable way), it might be time to see a healthcare provider who can offer some other suggestions for treatment.