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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

Like stress, anxiety can be useful in the right scenarios. It is the byproduct of what psychologist Stephen Porges calls “our biological imperative toward safety.” The discomfort it makes us feel was designed to alert us of something, precisely so that we listen up and protect ourselves. Luana Marques, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and president of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America told me, “Although anxiety is uncomfortable, it may signal that something’s not working. [Imagine] if you didn’t have pain receptors and you touched a hot surface — you would burn. Anxiety has that same protective factor that tells you ‘I need to do something differently.’”
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Being in isolation and living in restrictive conditions can lead to “quarantine fatigue.” According to (ADAA board member)  Dr. Luana Marques, quarantine fatigue is an “exhaustion associated with the new restrictive lifestyle that’s been adopted to slow the spread of COVID-19” and the symptoms include:
“Give kids hope. With the rollout of the vaccine, at some point in 2021, our world will open up again. Kids will be able to go back to school and have face-to-face time with their peers. We’ll be getting back to some sort of normalcy sometime in 2021.” ADAA Member Jenny Yip, PsyD, ABPP.