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!


 

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ADAA member Dave Carbonell, PhD wrote this blog post to accompany his new ADAA webinar.  “The harder I try, the worst it gets!” Have you ever experienced this thought, or said it aloud?  If you have, you’re in the mainstream of people who struggle with chronic anxiety.  This is the frustrating experience of struggling with panic attacks, phobias, chronic worry, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. People struggle to get rid of their anxiety troubles, and all too often find that it gets worse rather than better.
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Anxiety makes us question our decisions and ourselves, and worry about the future. It fills our days with dread and emotional turbulence. But what if we understood that anxiety is mostly a trick of the mind, constantly triggering alarms even when we’re not in any particular danger? ADAA member Dr. David Carbonell introduces some of the most powerful techniques to help you respond differently and start to overcome panic, anxiety, worry, and phobias.  
“One thing that we know about PTSD is that most people following a trauma — specifically being confronted with, or personally experiencing, a life threatening situation — will actually have some of those symptoms that we might later call PTSD if they continue,” says Dr. Sheila Rauch (ADAA member), a major researcher in how PET works, Professor of Psychology at Emory University, and the Director of Research and Program Evaluation at the VA Atlanta Healthcare System. “Having flashbacks, thinking about the trauma a lot, pushing it away, are part of a normal response to trauma in the acute aftermath. But for some people, those memories get stuck. And that’s what we call PTSD.”