Even though all the hype around mindfulness can sometimes make it seem like it’s more of a trend than a treatment, there is evidence that practicing mindfulness can alleviate some physical and mental health problems. In particular, an eight-week course called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction has been shown to improve a variety of physical and mental health conditions, including anxiety. ADAA member Dr. Elizabeth Hoge and former ADAA intern Caroline Armstrong co-author this blog post focused on the benefits of mindfulness meditation.
"This holiday season will be unlike any other, with COVID-19 disrupting our family traditions and gatherings. But different doesn’t have to mean depressing. With a little creativity — and some expert tips on how to troubleshoot common challenges — you can still enjoy a happy, healthy holiday season with the people you love." ADAA Member Mary Alvord, PhD
"But now, that same tribalism – along with peer pressure, negative emotions and short tempers – often lead to ostracizing those who disagree with you. In one study, 61% of Americans reported having unfriended, unfollowed or blocked someone on social media because of their political views or posts." ADAA Member Arash Javanbakht, MD latest blog post weighs in on how human thinking has been transformed since the prevalence of social media.
Health care workers are at high risk of developing anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder during the pandemic. ADAA Board Member Charles Nemeroff, MD, PhD is featured in this Houston Chronicle article.
ADAA's 2021 3D Virtual annual conference offers an ALL-INCLUSIVE* fee for the entire 2 day virtual event. There are no add on or a la carte fees. Full access includes:
Admission to all live sessions, live Q&As, posters, and exhibits over the conference dates of March 18-19, 2020
Extended access to more than 100 recorded presentations for 60 days post conference dates
Keynote Address and other special sessions (Ross Lecture, Scientific Research Symposium, Clinical Practice Symposium)
The opportunity to earn CE/CME credits for most live and on demand sessions - ADAA estimates more than 50 CE/CME eligible sessions
Access to small networking and discussions groups
Partners Solution Hall: Meet exhibitors and sponsors. Learn about ADAA committees and special interest groups
ADAA Past President Dr. Karen Cassiday shares tips and strategies to help you manage anxiety and depression around holiday planning this year. "...2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, especially those who are prone to anxiety and depression. The social isolation, uncertainty about employment, income, health and the health of Covid vulnerable people you love has posed a unique challenge for us all. It is completely understandable for you to have some apprehension about the upcoming holidays.
So, instead of talking about the typical mental health messages to use self-care and recalibrate expectations, I recommend that you take a different approach. You need to assume that things will be difficult and that there will be some casualties, kind of like a battle between the Holidays as we used to know them and the Pandemic version of the holidays. You need to learn from the approach the Navy Seals and successful survivors of difficult, painful and dangerous events employ. In short, you need to be prepared to deal with difficult things, knowing that it will be difficult, and make the measure of success your ability to get through with your mental health and physical health intact..."
ADAA President Luana Marques, PhD says previous studies have shown that natural disasters like hurricanes and pandemics have had a lasting impact on the human body. "An analysis of many previous studies has emphasized the long-term psychological effects of disease pandemics and quarantine, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)," she says (via Massachusetts General Hospital). "These studies have reported these effects lasting from months up to years after the initial event. In a study of youth during post-Hurricane Katrina, data indicated that many of the subjects could have benefited from PTSD treatment up to 2.5 years after the initial event. These studies can help us understand the potential impact of the current pandemic we are experiencing."
Founded in 1979, 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.