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 1,500 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 19,000,000 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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“The social connections and the attachments are really critical for the young age. And how we learn to read cues are facial expressions.”(ADAA Member) Psychologist Dr. Mary Alvord talks about potential pandemic impacts on young kids, and shares some signs parents should watch for.
“Resilience works like a muscle we can build through effort and repetition, and we want to keep our muscles strong and flexible, so we can think of many ways to solve a problem,” says (ADAA Member) Mary Alvord, co-author of “Resilience Builder Program for Children and Adolescents.” “At the core, resilience is the belief that while you can’t control everything in your life, there are many aspects you can control, including your attitude.”
“[In my experience,] it’s so unusual to have a … hoarder be the one to initiate the treatment,” says (ADAA Member) Karen Cassiday, PhD, ACT, managing director and clinical psychologist at the Anxiety Treatment Center in Deerfield, Illinois. “Oftentimes, their family or partners are strong-arming them. That’s usually what gets people into treatment— that or they’re in trouble with the law.” “While hoarders likely recognize [they have] a problem, the fear that once they’re discovered they’re going to be asked to let go is incredibly anxiety provoking,” says (ADAA Member) Dr. Neziroglu. She notes that the emotional attachment to objects is a chief indication of hoarding disorder
Crying can look different for everyone. Your cry might consist of a few tears or a half-hour of sobbing. Your crying will also depend on what you’re experiencing, whether it’s a job loss or a stressful week working on the front lines. But if you’re crying consistently over a few weeks or don’t know why you’re crying, it may be a sign to find a therapist who can help you determine what’s going on and provide support. ADAA Member Rosann Capanna-Hodge shares her insight on crying and mental health.