Member News and Program Updates

Check out this month's free issue for helpful resources to help you or a loved one manage anxiety or depression.  New personal stories of triumph, ADAA Ally stories, new member blog posts, webinars and media placements.
In this episode of Charged, Dr. Marques shares the anxiety-management skills she learned while growing up under difficult circumstances in Brazil, what drove her to pursue a career in psychology and how cognitive behavioral therapy can be used to treat many mental health disorders. 
A coping toolbox is essentially a box filled with items and notes of coping strategies to help oneself calm down and express their emotions in a healthy way. ADAA President Luana Marques, PhD recommends creating a note with a quote that gives you hope or a card that says "I need to charge up" or "I need to go for a walk." 
“Travel involves being willing to expose yourself to new situations and to be able to tolerate some uncertainty because you don’t know exactly how it’s going to go,” says (ADAA Member) Bethany Teachman, a psychology professor and director of clinical training at the University of Virginia. According to Teachman, travel-related anxiety usually fits into one of three categories: the mode of transportation (ie. flying, sailing); the destination itself and challenges like language barriers; or the idea that something is being missed or mismanaged at home.
The fear of vomiting can become so all-consuming and terrifying that eating becomes a struggle and weight loss becomes dangerous. As sufferers try to protect themselves from throwing up, their world shrinks until it becomes impossible to work, go to school, or to socialize. This was Kay prior to treatment. In this live free webinar, Ken Goodman, author of The Emetophobia Manual, interviews Kay, one of his former patients. Together they discuss her remarkable healing journey and how she freed herself from the fear of vomit and reclaimed her life. This webinar will be presented live giving viewers a chance to be a part of the conversation with plenty of time to ask questions of both guests. This is a unique opportunity to hear from the perspective of a therapist and a patient as you learn the key components to change and success. The webinar is the second of a two-part series and it is recommended that you watch part one prior to watching part two. 
Like stress, anxiety can be useful in the right scenarios. It is the byproduct of what psychologist Stephen Porges calls “our biological imperative toward safety.” The discomfort it makes us feel was designed to alert us of something, precisely so that we listen up and protect ourselves. Luana Marques, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and president of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America told me, “Although anxiety is uncomfortable, it may signal that something’s not working. [Imagine] if you didn’t have pain receptors and you touched a hot surface — you would burn. Anxiety has that same protective factor that tells you ‘I need to do something differently.’”
“Give kids hope. With the rollout of the vaccine, at some point in 2021, our world will open up again. Kids will be able to go back to school and have face-to-face time with their peers. We’ll be getting back to some sort of normalcy sometime in 2021.” ADAA Member Jenny Yip, PsyD, ABPP.
“It’s a step-by-step process which begins with facing your fears,” says (ADAA board member) Ken Goodman, a licensed clinical social worker in the Los Angeles area, a board member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and author and producer of The Anxiety Solution Series. “The strategy is not complicated, it is challenging, but people can do it if they're really determined.”
The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is typically peppered with social gatherings galore: family get-togethers, gift exchanges with friends and office holiday parties, to name a few. In 2020, however, the worsening pandemic has cleared most of these events from our calendars. Many people understandably bemoan the cancellation of these celebrations — especially in a year when so much has been lost. But for people with social anxiety — a mental health condition that affects 15 million American adults — a quieter holiday season may come as a relief. ADAA Member Ellen Hendriksen, PhD is featured in this HuffPost article.
We’ve endured almost a full year of the world turned upside down. When we’re not concerned about our own health or our family’s health – it’s concern about finances, missing seeing friends and relatives, being isolated and wondering if life as we know it will ever get back to normal. ADAA Member Jenny Yip, PsyD, ABPP shares her insights in this podcast.