Treating Anxiety and Depression in the Transitional Years (Ages 18-25)

Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry
Director, Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders
Columbia University Medical Center

Co-Clinical Director, Youth Anxiety Center
New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Dr. Albano describes the so-called transitional years, or emerging adults ages 18 to 25, and what makes this a unique group when it comes to treating anxiety, OCD, and depression.

Dimensions in Psychiatry

Eligibility Criteria

Patients will be included if they 

  • they are 18 to 60 years old;
  • they currently meet the criteria for OCD or GAD, as assessed by a trained clinician administering the mini-interview via telephone;
  • they have access to an Internet-enabled computer.
Exclusion Criteria

Patients will be excluded if

  • English is not their first language;
  • they have ever had a stroke, head injury, or any neurological problems;
  • their OCD and GAD symptoms are better accounted for by the presence of another psychiatric disorder.


New York

The Department of Psychology at New York University is looking for paid participants in an online psychology study that aims to better understand psychiatric disorders, in particular OCD and anxiety. Unlike most studies, it does not matter if you also suffer from one or more other psychiatric disorders, as long as you currently have symptoms of OCD or GAD. Prior to taking part in the study, you must speak with a trained clinician over the telephone, who will assess your eligibility for this study by asking you questions that relate to mental health. You must have a U.S.

Open Closed Doors (OCD)


A nonprofit lounge primarily focused on you or your loved ones or anyone dealing with or having dealt with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). A group with arms wide open to those even stalled by fears and anxiety in general and looking to hop over onto their field of dreams. We also welcome anyone with a spark of desire to help, but with some experience in the anxiety arena.

Helping the Families of Treatment-Refusers

Alec Pollard, PhD

Founder and Director, Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute Anxiety Disorders Center
Professor, Community and Family Medicine at Saint Louis University

Dr. Pollard gives advice to family members who live with someone who refuses treatment for OCD and anxiety disorders Dr. Pollard gives advice to family members who live with someone who refuses treatment for OCD and anxiety disorders and explains a strategy that teaches family members to shape treatment-seeking behavior in someone with an anxiety disorder.

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