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Welcome to ADAA's Professional Community

ADAA is the only multidisciplinary professional organization in mental health that engages the world’s leading experts who focus on anxiety, depression and co-occurring disorders. Engaging a membership of more than 1,500 professionals, ADAA strives to improve patient care by promoting implementation of evidence-based treatments and best practices across disciplines through trainings, continuing education and accelerating dissemination of research into practice.

  ADAA promotes scientific innovation and engages a diverse network of clinicians and basic and clinical anxiety and depression researchers with diverse backgrounds in medicine, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing, neuroscience, genetics, epidemiology, and other disciplines to advance science and new treatments. 

⇒  ADAA member dues help support the free information and resources that are provided to the more than 11 million unique annual website visitors to www.adaa.org. Membership dues also help fund the research that will one day prevent and cure anxiety, depression and related disorders. 

Member News and Program Updates

ADAA board member Ken Goodman, LCSW provides strategies to help overcome the fear of COVID-19 and the accompanying anxiety. "...To flatten the fear, turn off the media and focus your attention on living your life in a safe manner. But what are appropriate safe measures in regards to the Coronavirus? Certain behaviors might make you feel safer but are they necessary. Remember, in addition to having false beliefs and focusing on the negative, safety behaviors maintain anxiety. To reduce worry, you must change your behavior. To overcome a fear of heights, you must stop avoiding high places. To overcome a fear of germs, you must stop compulsively cleaning. The anxious behaviors maintain the fearful thoughts. To conquer your anxiety, you must take small, frequent, and uncertain steps by slowly changing your behavior. This is the only way to reduce worry..." 
ADAA Member weighs in on the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on children.  “And the younger they are, the less they truly understand and the more there’s room for misinterpretation,” Alvord said. “We know from previous research that often parents are not aware of how much their own stress really impacts their children.”
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. 
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 trimph, ADAA Ally stories, new member blog posts and webinars.