What is CBT? Neal Sideman and Melanie VanDyke, PhD break down the treatment option and how it differs in treatment for anxiety or depression.
Neal Sideman, Public Education Committee Co-Chair
Member Since 2007
Neal Sideman recovered from disabling panic disorder & agoraphobia in 1998. For the last 22 years, he has served as an internationally-known coach and teacher for people recovering from panic disorder and agoraphobia. Neal's website, paniccure.com, has reached over 800,000 people. Neal has provided support, guidance and coaching to over 4,000 people working for their recovery from panic attacks, panic disorder. Neal is the co-chair of the Public Education Committee.
Neal and ADAA
ADAA was essential to Neal's recovery. In 1997, he came across Jerilyn Ross' book "Triumph Over Fear." He contacted ADAA, and found his amazing CBT therapist as a result. After completing his recovery work, Neal joined ADAA. He attended his first ADAA conference in San Diego, in 1999. The following year, the journal of the ADAA, The ADAA Reporter, published Neal's essay: "How I Achieved My Cure of Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia: An Open Letter to Those on the Healing Path." Neal started giving presentations at ADAA conferences in 2005. In 2011, Neal was invited to participate in the newly-formed ADAA Public Education Committee, under Sally Winston's leadership. Sally initiated the public education webinars the following year, and Neal began hosting and then helping to organize the webinar series. Neal is excited to continue contributing to ADAA's mission!
Melanie VanDyke, PhD
Melanie VanDyke is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. Dr. VanDyke has a PhD in clinical psychology and is a Licensed Psychologist with extensive experience in evidence-based treatments for anxiety-related disorders, including hoarding, social anxiety, OCD, and Tourette syndrome. At the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy, Melanie VanDyke teaches students interested in healthcare and continues her behavioral research to improve health outcomes and student learning. Her recent work on medication-related risk factors focuses on women who manage medications for older family members. Dr. VanDyke’s research highlights the risks of medication hoarding during the opioid epidemic. This research includes collaborations with UMSL and Trinity College Dublin to develop assessment tools for Medication Saving Behaviors (medication hoarding) and introduce pre-healthcare students to interdisciplinary research. Dr. VanDyke enjoys being a member of ADAA’s Public Education Committee.