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Podcast: Stress — and How to Reduce It


Learn how breathing techniques can reduce your stress, worry, and anxiety.

Living With OCD: One Woman's Story


The anxiety and shame started when Diance was 25. She was sitting in a pew at her church, where she is active in the ministry. It seemed to come out of nowhere. She felt as if she were going to jump out of her skin.

ADAA Mourns the Loss of Jerilyn Ross, President and CEO


Jerilyn Ross, a pioneer and visionary leader in the field of mental illness, died January 7 in Washington, D.C., of neuroendocrine cancer. She was 63. In 1979 she was among a small group of patients and doctors who founded the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Ross served as its president and chief executive officer from 1989 until her death.

Welcome to the New ADAA Website!


If you've visited the ADAA site before today, you might notice our new look. We used your suggestions to create a more dynamic website with even more information and several new features.

Anxiety Disorders Affect One in Eight Children


Find out if your child's anxiety is more than just a phase. Get up-to-date information on treatment, plus tips for parents and schools.

How to Beat Social Anxiety


Real Simple readers share their tried-and-true tips for dealing with six of the most common anxiety-inducing situations, then psychologists and communications coaches weigh in with more advice.

Halloween haters say Boo Humbug!


Carlee Smith is hardly in the no-fun category.

She hosts a monthly girls' night out at a bar in Portland, Ore., and co-runs a plus-size vintage boutique called Fat Fancy. But there's one thing that brings out the hate in her.

Smith, 33, is among a contrarian contingent that takes a boo humbug approach to Halloween.

Understanding the Anxious Mind


Jerome Kagan’s “Aha!” moment came with Baby 19. It was 1989, and Kagan, a professor of psychology at Harvard, had just begun a major longitudinal study of temperament and its effects. Temperament is a complex, multilayered thing, and for the sake of clarity, Kagan was tracking it along a single dimension: whether babies were easily upset when exposed to new things. He chose this characteristic both because it could be measured and because it seemed to explain much of normal human variation.

Women's Health Report: Change Your Life


Women are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety as men are. In fact, it has become a way of life for many women. I recently reviewed a book on the subject by Jerilyn Ross, president and CEO of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, called "One Less Thing to Worry About."

How to Overcome Social Anxiety Disorder


Silver Spring, Md. (April 21, 2009) — Sarah struggled with loneliness, anxiety, and fear. At age 27, she was isolated and had no lasting relationships. A nurse, she was anxious every day about having to discuss her patients with her coworkers. She knew that her fears and extreme shyness were holding her back. After years of suffering, she received professional help, and she was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder.

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