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!


 

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

Yesterday I received an email from a former client with the subject line HELP!! Six months ago, Angie came to me with contamination OCD. Obsessed with germs, Angie washed her hands and used hand sanitizer compulsively, avoiding touching everything from the door handles to the magazines and armrests in the waiting room of my office...
..."Major crises raise people’s concern for personal safety and heighten anxiety. One effect of this heightened anxiety is that it can intensify bias and discrimination as we start focusing our attention on our own well-being. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis many individuals with disabilities and those managing medical conditions who face additional hurdles due to the alterations and disruptions to their lives have been reporting a lack of sensitivity towards their needs. These issues are not new but have been exacerbated and made more visible to the general public by the COVID-19 pandemic. We write to highlight ways to respond if you are experiencing this insensitivity and discrimination or if you are an ally who wants to support people being marginalized this way..." written by ADAA members Bryan Balvaneda, M.A., Lizabeth Roemer, PhD., and Sarah Hayes-Skelton, PhD.
“You have no idea what it feels like inside my brain,” My child once said to me, as I was losing my patience and compassion For what felt like the millionth time in his young life That he asked me if I had washed my hands before touching something A poem from Rebecca Feinberg - an ADAA community member about OCD and the coronavirus.