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 38 million people from around the world visit the ADAA website annually to find current treatment and evidence-based research information and to access free resources and support. Together we are changing lives.  Welcome!


 

ADAA News, Members in the Media and More...

ADAA member Dr. Lynne S. Gots writes..."In the past few weeks, two people have contacted me seeking help for “real-Ilife OCD.” I had never heard the term before, which is surprising because I am an OCD specialist. I spend roughly 75-80% of my clinical hours working with people who have OCD. I teach a course on OCD to psychiatry residents. I attend anxiety and OCD conferences every year and keep up with the latest research and treatment. So why didn’t I know about this disorder?"
“The therapy and the therapist and this whole process has given me permission to be who I am and just kind of embrace it,” says ADAA personal story of triumph author China McCarney in this article on the toll of holding a job while coping with mental health issues.
"We all have that one feature on our face or bodies that we don’t like. Maybe your nose tip is a millimeter longer than you would prefer? Perhaps you feel that your cheekbones can be more pronounced? No matter the issue, body insecurity is common among us all. The most prominent evidence of this can be found in the media." ADAA member Eda Gorbis, PhD, LMFT authors this blog post on whether media induces people with BDD to plastic surgery.
ADAA member Dr. Shane Owens contributes to this article on seasonal depression. “...Less light in the winter also means the body produces more melatonin (the hormone that regulates sleep), leading to chronic sleepiness and lethargy,” says Shane Owens, Ph.D., a New York-based board-certified behavioral and cognitive psychologist. On the flipside, a decrease in melatonin production in the summer (due to the increase in sunlight) may cause restlessness and insomnia.