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...

Anna Bartuska. BS/BA,  Derri Shtasel, MD, MPH, Luana Marques, PhD (ADAA board president) co-author this important blog post exploring the impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities. "...Though none are immune to COVID-19, the rippling impacts of the current pandemic are unequal, due in part to pressing economic and social needs of minorities in the United States that are largely overlooked in response efforts. The economic downturn has disproportionately affected racial and ethnic minorities with unemloyment claims greatest among Black and Hispanics/Latino individuals. In the midst of prolonged financial uncertainty and threat, families struggle to pay for food, housing, and utilities, along with countless other daily necessities..."
ADAA members Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett and David H. Barlow are quoted in this Harvard Business Review article exploring how leaders can lead with authority and strength when they feel anxious.
ADAA member Mary Alvord, PhD is quoted in this CNN.com new story. "...If they're engaging in more destructive behaviors, such as cutting their hair, they could be bored, said Mary Alvord, a Maryland-based psychologist specializing in treatment of youths and coauthor of "Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens."
ADAA member Bethany Teachman, PhD author this new blog post about learning how not to fear anxiety. "...As a clinical psychologist, I teach my clients that anxiety is uncomfortable but not dangerous. In fact, moderate levels of anxious arousal can improve our performance when we think about the arousal in a healthy way – it’s hard to give a good, lively speech when we feel absolutely no arousal, and some anxiety about the coronavirus can remind us to take needed precautions. Even high levels of anxiety are not themselves imminently harmful; a panic attack does not cause a heart attack. Rather, it is the sustained experience of anxiety and stress over time that can contribute to coronary heart disease and other negative health outcomes. And one of the significant risk factors for deve.."loping chronic anxiety is fearing the experience of anxiety, termed anxiety sensitivity, and repeatedly avoiding situations that trigger those feelings.