by Melanie Higgins

I had all the typical life stressors of a married working mom. One spring I had a birth control device implanted that apparently threw my hormones and mental well-being out of whack. I switched to part-time work that summer because it allowed for a bit more rest and less stress. But when I returned to work full-time in the fall, I began having odd flashes of fear. And when people around me felt sick, I did, too.

by Cynthia Kipp

I have suffered from social anxiety disorder since I was about 10 years old, or about 34 years. I was a very intelligent child, but when teachers noticed a difference in me, I started trying to be invisible. Social situations, including school, were torture. I bulldozed my way through life, including dabbling in alcohol and substance abuse for relief of my anxiety and depression. I find it very interesting that the disorder is marked by a morbid fear of authority figures. And here I thought I was just being a rebel!

by K. Waheed

I am a middle-aged woman, married with two children. I was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at age 25. I am grateful to say that I have had tremendous support, terrific professional help, a strong will to recover, and a resolve to do whatever work necessary to overcome all of my trauma. Other miraculous help has been my spiritual beliefs and practices.

How to Deal with Your COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety & OCD - Blog Post

ADAA member Dr. Lindsay Israel authors this blog post focused on providing tips and strategies to manage COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and OCD. "...January 21, 2020 is a day that will change the face and the psyche of our country forever. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control.

Top Ten COVID-19 Anxiety Reduction Strategies - Blog Post

..."During this time of national crisis, we must manage two things simultaneously: 1) Protect ourselves from the Coronavirus, and 2) Protect ourselves from anxiety. If your anxiety, fear, and worry has been overwhelming, put these ten strategies into practice..." ADAA board member Ken Goodman, LCSW shares helpful strategies to help reduce coronavirus anxiety.

Panic Sells, Calm Saves - Blog Post

..."Checking my email last night, I noticed that “coronavirus” appeared in the subject line of about 70% of the messages. It makes sense that the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, and The Washington Post would be featuring stories, but Wired and The Atlantic and other newsletters have all caught COVID-19 fever. The media are turning this into a payday. I don’t begrudge them that. Panic sells. It’s good business..." ADAA member Dr.

How OCD Can Manifest in Dementia

ADAA member Dr. Eda Gorbis co-authors this blog post with Evelyn Dubon, MS..."Generally, OCD manifest before the individual is diagnosed with dementia. The individual will already display OCD symptoms such as repeating rituals (washing hands) or obsessive thoughts. When being diagnosed with dementia, OCD symptoms might worsen over time. For instance, the ritual of washing hands might increase to five times a day when it was twice a day. Moreover, because of memory loss, the ritual might increase overtime..." 

Not Everything Goes in the Anxiety Bucket - Blog Post

ADA member Kama Jansen,  MEd writes: "Did you know the inability to experience your emotions causes anxious sensations? But that does not mean it's part of an anxiety condition. 

One of my favorite concepts to challenge in session is the idea of "My Anxiety." It's often a term people will use when they are struggling with both an anxiety condition and emotional regulation. People suffering from an anxiety condition will often begin labeling uncomfortable emotions as an anxious state or part of an anxiety condition- like generalized anxiety, OCD, or panic disorder..."

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