Turning a Laser-Focus on Women’s Issues in the Treatment of Anxiety, Depression and Related Disorders



Project Initiative

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) launched an exciting new initiative “Turning a Laser-Focus on Women's Issues in the Treatment of Anxiety, Depression and Related Disorders” upon receipt of the Hope and Grace grant in the fall of 2017. The overall goal of the project is to connect women to specialized treatment and foster dialogue between women's mental health researchers, clinicians, patients and the public at large. This two-pronged grant-funded project focuses on professional training and public engagement pertaining to research and best practice treatment of anxiety, depression and co-occurring disorders in girls and women. 

The Public

ADAA developed new and improved public education materials that are included on ADAA's girls and women's website pages. Free resources include blog posts, webinars and infographics, through our e-communications (reaching 40,000 subscribers) and via our social media platforms.

ADAA has also launched a new bi-monthly women-focused e-newsletter, She Triumphs, which highlights women-focused blog posts, webinars, personal stories from girls/women and other helpful mental health resources


ADAA held four women-focused sessions at the annual ADAA Conference (with more than 1,400 attendees) held this past April in Washington, D.C.

ADAA launched a new Women’s Mental Health Special Interest Group (SIG) comprised of ADAA member clinicians and researchers interested in addressing women/girls mental health issues. The Women’s SIG also held a panel on minority mental health issues at the Conference. 


Women-focused Conference Sessions

  • A Developmental Exploration of Postpartum OCD: Clinical, Psychiatric, and Research Perspectives
  • Anxiety and Depression in Perinatal and Postpartum Depression: Novel Subtypes in a Longitudinal Study
  • Using Psychodynamic Psychotherapy to Treat Postpartum Anxiety and Depression
  • Culturally Adaptive Components to Treatment with Black Adolescent Girls

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