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!


 

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Anxiety across the globe is at an all-time high with a pandemic that has brought fear and uncertainty to all. For individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), there has been a risk for increased symptoms, due to COVID-19 and increased isolation. Now, as states begin to re-open and individuals start to return to a more normal life, those with OCD may have greater struggles. How can those with OCD navigate the challenges, and continue to make progress? How can family and friends support them? This webinar is provided on demand at no charge.
Psychologist (and ADAA member) Anne Marie Albano suggests that managing your child’s life could have another drawback — it could set the stage for a serious problem with anxiety. Albano is a Columbia University psychologist whose research focuses on children and anxiety. Her work suggests that kids who don’t take risks or experience occasional distress are more likely to be anxious. Letting children get scared runs counter to parental instincts — after all, isn’t protecting them part of the parental job description? Not so fast, warns Albano in a new TedMed Talk
ADAA member Kimberly Morrow, LCSW is quoted in this Money.com article. "...Although online apps can never take the place of a traditional therapeutic relationship, they are a low stakes way of learning some of the same skills that you’d get at an in-person session—like recognizing and challenging thoughts, identifying emotions, and meditation."You have access to them 24/7,” Morrow says, adding that if you’re in the middle of a panic attack, you can reach right for your phone, write down the symptoms and some apps will be able to talk you through methods a therapist might tell you.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a national public health challenge that disproportionately affects those who served our nation. Although the diagnosis has its roots in combat, the medical community now recognizes that PTSD affects civilians and service members alike.  Nearly seven percent of American adults will likely experience PTSD during their lifetimes, but it took hundreds of years, and the dawn of industrial-scale warfare, for society to recognize the deleterious physical and mental effects of experiencing, witnessing, or becoming aware of traumatic events. Retired U.S. Army lieutenant general Burke Garrett shares an informal conversation about healing the invisible wounds of PTSD. #PTSD  #PTSDAwareness