by Jack Hagge

“Hi! I'm Jack. And I have an anxiety disorder.”

Merely talking to other people makes me anxious. I often experience "phone fear." I avoid social gatherings (particularly parties), which I find excruciating. Crowded settings, especially without a perceptible escape route, cause me uneasiness, sometimes panic.

by Clare M.

Two years ago I wondered if the horrible feeling, the gnawing in my stomach would ever leave. Inside my freshman dorm room, I lived in my own mind, fixated on my thoughts and tormented by irrational messages and faulty fears.

Michelle Bovin, PhD

Michelle J. Bovin, PhD, is staff psychologist at the Behavioral Science Division of the National Center for PTSD, and an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. Michelle received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in 2011, and completed a NIMH-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship in 2013. Her interests include PTSD assessment and access to care. She is currently the PI of a VA HSR&D-funded project which will determine the optimal cutoff score for a PTSD diagnosis using the newly updated PTSD screen.

Ali B. Klein, BA

Ali B. Klein, B.A. is a second year graduate student at Case Western Reserve University, working with Dr. Norah Feeny. Before beginning graduate school, Ali worked as a research assistant at the VA Boston Healthcare System, National Center for PTSD under the supervision of Dr. Brian Marx on a large-scale study aimed at developing a longitudinal registry of 1,649 Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans.