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Treating Anxiety Disorders, Part 1 (of 6): The Power of Anxiety

Licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, and other therapists can successfully treat disabling anxiety disorders. 

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Treating Anxiety Disorders, Part 2 (of 6): Treatment and Recovery: One Patient's Story

A young woman with OCD learns how to manage her OCD and finds out it no longer controls her.

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Treating Anxiety Disorders, Part 3 (of 6): Medications and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Methods clinicians use to treat anxiety disorders: medications (psychopharmacology), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), complementary treatments.

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Treating Anxiety Disorders, Part 4 (of 6): What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

A licensed clinical social worker describes how cognitive-behavioral therapy effectively treats anxiety.

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Treating Anxiety Disorders, Part 5 (of 6): Implementing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Details about how to implement cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in treating anxiety, specifically using exposure and response prevention (ERP), cognitive restructuring, behavioral experiments (exposure to anxiety triggers)

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Treating Anxiety Disorders, Part 6 (of 6): Complementary Approaches

How complementary approaches to treating anxiety can be effective, including family therapy, mindfulness (acceptance), exercise, yoga, and breathing.

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Understanding PTSD

PTSD is an illness that people may develop months after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, including a terrorist attack like 9/11; combat; earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster; serious auto or plane accidents; personal assault or abuse; or the sudden death of a loved one.

Funding for this video provided by a grant from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP)

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My Age of Anxiety

Drawing on his own long-standing battle with anxiety, Scott Stossel, author of My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind, presents the history and efforts to understand an affliction that is pervasive yet often misunderstood. Watch his conversation with talk show host Mimi Geerges.

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Anxiety and Depression Conference Endorsements

Why is the Anxiety and Depression Conference a must-attend event? Find out what psychologists, psychiatrists, researchers, clinicians, and others say about their experiences in 2013 and the benefits they find so useful.

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Drs. Jasper Smits and Mark Powers Encourage ADAA Conference Attendance

2014 Conference Co-Chairs Mark Powers, PhD, and Jasper Smits, PhD, University of Texas at Austin, describe the invaluable experience of attending the conference:

  • Good balance of clinical topics across anxiety and depression
  • Emphasis on implementation of practical skills for new and experienced clinicians
  • Unique opportunity to meet and hear leaders and experts
  • Senior leaders are accessible and available to talk to you about your career, practice, and research.
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Glass People

In "Glass People," filmmakers John Berardo and Brian Frager, USC School of Cinematic Arts, illustrate college-age anxiety and the great value of finding professional help.
This short film premiered at the 2013 Anxiety and Depression Conference in La Jolla, California.

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Dr. Luana Marques: Why You Should Attend the ADAA Conference

Luana Marques, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts and an expert in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for a wide range of psychiatric disorders.

She is the senior clinical psychologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders program, an Assistant Professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and the Director of the MGH Hispanic Clinical and Research Program.

In addition to her extensive clinical expertise, Dr. Marques also has an active research career at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Dr. Simon Rego: What I Like About ADAA and the Annual Conference

Simon A. Rego, PsyD, ABPP, ACT, is board certified in cognitive-behavioral psychology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. His clinical expertise is in the cognitive-behavioral assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, mood and sleep disorders, and body-focused repetitive disorders. A current member of the ADAA Board of Directors, he has been an ADAA member since  2007.

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Douglas Mennin, PhD: Why I Like the ADAA Annual Conference

Douglas Mennin, PhD, focuses his work on understanding and treating chronic and recurring bouts of anxiety and mood disorders, particularly worry, stress, and depression. A member of the ADAA Scientific Council, he has attended 16 ADAA Annual Conferences.

Dr. Mennin is an associate professor of psychology at CUNY Hunter College, and previously he developed and directed the Yale Anxiety and Mood Services Clinic. 

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Video: The Ups and Downs of Antidepressants

More than one in 10 Americans take antidepressants, the number one type of medication used by people ages 18 to 44. Yet contradictory research and opposing perspectives from experts beg these questions: How do antidepressants work? How are drug trials conducted? And how can clinicians and doctors learn more about depression itself?

In this video, Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital chief of psychiatry, discusses the ups and downs of antidepressants.

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Helping a Loved One With PTSD

Support from family and friends is important to the recovery process, but it’s not the cure. Getting better takes hard work, mostly from the person with the disorder, and patience from everyone involved. With appropriate treatment from a mental health professional, a person can learn to manage or overcome PTSD.

Funding for this video provided by a grant from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP)

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Effective Treatment for PTSD

Effective treatments for PTSD include exposure therapy, including virtual reality treatment, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), as well as medications. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness.

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PTSD in the General Population

PTSD affects children, as well as men and women who are not in the military. It can occur after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event. Rape is the most likely trauma that can end up causing PTSD among men and women. Others include a terrorist attack like 9/11; a natural disaster; serious accidents; personal assault or abuse; or the sudden death of a loved one.

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PTSD in the Military

Men exposed to high levels of combat are likely to experience acute stress and symptoms of PTSD. Women in the military are at high risk for exposure to traumatic events, especially during war. They are also at risk of exposure to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape. Also, children with parents deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan show elevations in anxiety and depression.

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Understanding OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a serious and often debilitating chronic anxiety disorder that causes people to have unwanted and intrusive thoughts, or obsessions. To try to ease their anxiety or distress, people with OCD often repeatedly perform ritualistic behaviors and routines, called compulsions.

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