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.

Karen Martinez, MD, MSC

La Dra. Karen G. Martinez, MD, MSc es una psiquiatra de niños y adolescentes en San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Al momento, es catedrática asociada de la Universidad de Puerto Rico donde dirige el Centro para el Estudio y Tratamiento del Miedo y la Ansiedad. En este Centro, dirige un equipo interdisciplinario para desarrollar investigación y protocolos de tratamiento culturalmente adaptados para Puerto Rico.  El equipo consiste de psiquiatras, neurocientíficos y psicólogos que estudian el rol de la fisiología del miedo en el tratamiento de la ansiedad.  La Dra.

Bryan Balvaneda

Bryan Balvaneda es un estudiante avanzado de psicología clínica en la Universidad de Massachusetts Boston. Bryan se identifica como un hombre Latino, y está dedicado a servir a la comunidad Latina con servicios en Español, así como trabajando con otras comunidades desventajadas.

Melissa Hunt, PhD

Melissa G. Hunt, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Fellow and Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (, and is proud to have served as a frequent program committee member for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America ( Her primary research interests are in the domains of behavioral health and stress management, with a particular emphasis on individuals with chronic GI disorders.

Rachel Freed, PhD

Dr. Rachel Freed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety disorders (including panic disorder, phobias, and social anxiety disorder) in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Freed earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University and completed an APA-accredited internship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Sarah Kleiman, PhD

Dr. Sarah Kleiman specializes in the assessment and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is actively engaged in research, clinical work, and teaching. As a research psychologist at VA Boston, she is involved in numerous longitudinal and PTSD treatment studies being conducted at the National Center for PTSD. As an instructor at Harvard University, she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses (primarily on trauma and PTSD) for eight semesters. Dr.