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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.

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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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New OCD Treatment Research

Research is ongoing to learn more about OCD and to develop new types of treatment, such as deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant OCD and high-intensity radiation for people with severe OCD symptoms.

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Treatment for OCD

The two types of treatment for OCD are cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, and medication. For some people, a combination may be the most effective treatment. Exposure and response prevention, or ERP, is often the most effective form of CBT.

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OCD in Adults

The essential features of adult OCD are recurrent, unwanted obsessions or compulsions that are severe enough to be time consuming; that is, they take more than one hour a day — or they cause marked distress or significant impairment in your daily life.

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OCD in Children

Most children with OCD are diagnosed around age 10, although the disorder can strike children as young as 2 or 3. Boys are more likely to develop OCD before puberty, while girls tend to develop it during adolescence. Unlike adults, children do not always realize that their obsessions and compulsions are excessive.

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Dr. Reid Wilson: Great Value of the ADAA Annual Conference

Dr. Reid Wilson, PhD, Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina, shares why the ADAA Annual Conference is so valuable for continuing your skills and training.

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Dr. Karen Cassiday's Favorite Conference

Find out why psychologist Dr. Karen Cassiday, Director of the Anxiety & Agoraphobia Treatment Center, Ltd., in Northbrook, Illinois, has been participating in the ADAA Annual Conference for more than 20 years.

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Dr. Darin Dougherty: Reasons to Attend the ADAA Annual Conference

Up close and personal, Conference Chair Darin Dougherty, MD, describes why he attends this important meeting every year.

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Anxiety & Anxiety Disorders

Animated characters describe anxiety and anxiety disorders--and the big difference between them.

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Video: Bridging Science, Treatment, and Public Education of Anxiety Disorders

As a tribute to the life work of Jerilyn Ross, cofounder of ADAA, the National Institute of Mental Health sponsored Bridging Science, Treatment, and Public Education of Anxiety Disorders, a free symposium.

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Replacing Fear Memories

The human brain goes through a complex process to form and consolidate memories. But is it possible to replace memories of fearful events, and in doing so, assist in the treatment of patients suffering from the debilitating effects of posttraumatic stress disorder or other anxiety disorders?

Dr. Joseph LeDoux and a team of New York University neuroscientists think they have found a way to replace traumatic memories through therapy.

Video from the series Speaking of Science, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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Understanding Anxiety Disorders

Psychologist Douglas Mennin, PhD, explains stress and anxiety and the difference between everyday anxiety, which is normal, and an anxiety disorder.

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Anxiety Disorders — What Is Normal?

What’s the difference between stress and anxiety? Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, nervous, worried, or even anxious. Anxiety is a reaction to the stress, a feeling of apprehension or fear. Watch

Anxiety Disorders — Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Learn about changes you can make to your lifestyle to reduce stress and anxiety.

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Defining Anxiety Disorders

Discover when you should become concerned that you might have an anxiety disorder.

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Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Learn the symptoms typical of anxiety disorders, and in particular of GAD, or generalized anxiety disorder. The symptoms of each anxiety disorder vary in different people, but they all provoke extreme fear or worry that interferes with daily life.

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