News and Updates

ADAA has partnered with Healthline.com to share China McCarney’s personal story of triumph “I Embrace My Anxiety, Because It’s Part of Me” with both of our communities. "…The first time I had a panic attack was in 2009. I had experienced normal anxiety and nerves up until that point, but the panic attack was something I had never dealt with..."
In this webinar, Dr. Suzanne Mouton-Odum discusses Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors such as hair pulling and skin picking. BFRB's are commonly misunderstood and, until recent years, little has been known about effective treatments. This webinar will outline the history of BFRBs, will provide a detailed description of these disorders, and will give an overview of effective treatments. 
ADAA Member Dr. Mary Alvord is quoted in this Chicago Tribune article about how to lower stress levels for incoming juniors. 
So, you’re a failure. Fine. Get on with your life! In my work as a psychologist treating anxiety disorders, I’ve learned that often an underlying driving fear in my patients is the worry that they are failures. (My patients and I use a more colorful term, but for editorial purposes I’ve changed the phrase.) They have intrusive thoughts that they have or will mess things up in some way and cause harm to themselves or others. Their surface fears may involve worry about contamination, feeling socially awkward, having a panic attack, etc., but if I drill down to underlying intrusive thoughts, I often find that the patient is ruminating about being a failure.