Public Education Webinar Series

This series of free monthly webinars addresses some of the most frequently asked questions about the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, and related disorders in adults and children.

My Child Has Mood Swings: How Do I Know if It’s Bipolar Disorder, and What Do I Do?

Diagnosis and Treatments for Bipolar Children & Adolescents

April 1, 2015
7:00 pm ET (6:00 pm CT / 5:00 pm MT / 4:00 pm PT)

Please register in advance. Register here.

Amy West, PhDAmy West, PhD
Assistant Professor and Clinical Child Psychologist
Pediatric Mood Disorders Program
Department of Psychiatry
University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. West will provide information about diagnosing pediatric bipolar disorder, discuss how to recognize mood symptoms in your children, and give an overview of important psychosocial interventions.

Webinar format:
A live 45-minute presentation, followed by a brief Q&A session.

There are no fees. ADAA does not offer continung education credits for this webinar series.
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Archived Webinars


Understanding and Treating Hoarding Disorder (March 18, 2015)
Kiara Timpano, PhD, addressed hoarding disorder and ways to treat it.
Watch the recorded webinar.

Getting Help for Complicated Grief (Feb. 18, 2015)
Katherine Shear, MD, explained complicated grief, how it differs from bereavement, and how you can find treatment and relief. Watch the recorded webinar.

Marijuana and the Adolescent Brain: Are Teens Self-Medicating Their Anxiety? What Are the Potential Long-Term Consequences? (January 21, 2015)
Amir Levine, MD addressed marijuana and its impact on adolescent psychopathology and its use for medicinal purposes. Watch the recorded webinar.

How to Help Your Child Feel Less Anxious, More Capable, and Stronger (November 5, 2014)
Dr. Lynne Siqueland discussed how to help your child cope with anxiety and get through typical difficult times (school mornings, stomachaches, homework, and bedtime) and how parents can take care of themselves so they can take care of their children. Watch the recorded webinar.

Your Therapy Choices During Pregnancy and Postpartum (October 22, 2014)
Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody focused on new treatment options for anxiety and depression in perinatal women. Watch the recorded webinar. (Note: Due to technical difficulties, the recording is of the final half-hour only.)

Anxiety: Top Ten Reasons Why You Don’t Get Better (September 19, 2014)
Dr. Sally Winston details the biggest obstacles to your overcoming anxiety disorders. Watch the recorded webinar.

Getting Ready: How to Help Your Child Overcome School Refusal or School Phobia (August 6, 2014)
Dr. Anne Marie Albano addressed what you need to know about your child's refusal to go to school and how to find the appropriate effective help. Watch the recorded webinar.

Big Changes in Diagnostic Categories: What Does It Mean for Me? (June 4, 2014)
Dr. Katharine Phillips addressed what you need to know about the latest changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), with a focus on anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Watch the recorded webinar.

My Age of Anxiety, Live Interview With Scott Stossel (May 7, 2014)
Mr. Stossel, author of My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind, talked about his own anxiety and treatments with Dr. Jenny Yip. Watch the recorded webinar.

Treatments for Anxious and Depressed Kids and Teens (April 16, 2014)
Daniel Pine, MD, who specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry, discussed medication and psychosocial treatments for kids and teens who are suffering from anxiety and depression. Watch the recorded webinar.

Handling OCD (March 12, 2014)
Dr. Reid Wilson spoke specifically and directly about a counterintuitive, paradoxical self-help strategy to respond to obsessions and compulsions moment-by-moment.

School Accommodations for Kids Suffering From Anxiety (January 8, 2014)
Dr. Jenny Yip addressed the academic challenges a child with anxiety commonly faces, and the key aspects of obtaining school accommodations for a child can gain sufficient tools in treatment to manage anxiety successfully.


The Holidays: How Can I Manage the Stress and Have More Fun? (December 11, 2013) Dr. Karen L. Cassiday presented stress-reducing techniques that are especially useful during the hectic holiday season. Here is the recorded webinar.

Fear of Flying: What It Is and How to Get Over It (November 13, 2013)
Dr. Martin Seif explained breathing techniques and other methods to overcome fear and become a member of the flying community. Read Dr. Seif's response to "How can I overcome my fear of flying?"

The Anxiety and Depression Trap in Teenagers (October 9, 2013)
Dr. Anne Marie Albano discussed anxiety and mood disorders in adolescents and effective treatments. Watch the recorded webinar.

Sleep Problems and Disorders in Children and Adolescents With Anxiety and Depression (September 11, 2013)
Dr. Lewin addressed sleep disorders medicine, pediatric sleep disorders, and the role of sleep in normal development. Here is the recorded webinar.

Anxiety: Don't Try Harder, Try Different (August 7, 2013)
Patrick McGrath, PhD, focused on seven simple things that you can start to do differently today to help you overcome basic feelings of worry, stress, and anxiety. Watch the recorded webinar.

PTSD: What I Should Know About Current Treatments (July 10, 2013)
Terence M. Keane, PhD, discussed the history of trauma treatment, evidence-based treatments, barriers to accessing care, and care that is readily accessible to all. Watch the recorded webinar.

Treatment Readiness: How to Help Someone You Love Obtain the Benefits of Treatment (June 5, 2013)
C. Alec Pollard, PhD, described how family and friends can help: strategies that work, and strategies that do not work. Here is the recording.

Listen to Dr. Pollard's related podcast "Helping the Families of Those Who Refuse Treatment"

Our Kids: Anxiety and Depression (May 1, 2013)
Andrea Umbach, PsyD, discussed diagnostic symptoms of anxiety and depression and how these symptoms might manifest themselves in children. She addressed practical strategies for early intervention to help parents support their children through difficult times. Here is the recording.

Common Myths About Anxiety Disorders (April 17, 2013)
Sally Winston, PsyD, discussed some commonly held beliefs about anxiety disorders that are mostly or partially false, including why reducing stress, thinking positive thoughts, gaining insight about its origins, and lots of  reassurance often do not really help much in reducing significant symptoms of anxiety. Watch the recorded webinar online.

I Am Stressed, Worried, and Have No Confidence: What Can I Do? (March 6, 2013)
John Walker, PhD, presented approaches to strengthen your ability to manage stress and develop effective strategies will help you to stay healthy and happy. Watch the recorded webinar online.

Listen to Dr. Walker’s podcast “Social Anxiety Disorder — What You Need to Know.”

Medication for Anxiety: Benefits and Side Effects (February 6, 2013)
Beth Salcedo, MD, addresses reasons to consider medications for anxiety disorders; types and choices; the indications, risks, side effects, and benefits; lengths of treatment and tapering and discontinuing. Watch the recorded webinar.

Why Me? Explaining Anxiety in the Brain (January 9, 2013)
Catherine Pittman, PhD, a clinical psychologist, explains the processes in the brain that influence anxiety and what techniques actually allow us to change our anxious brains. Watch the recorded webinar.


What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and How Is It Used to Treat Anxiety and Depression? (December 12, 2012)
Dennis Greenberger, PhD, addresses the differences and similarities between symptoms of anxiety and depression, how the disorders are treated with CBT, and what patients can expect in treatment. Watch the recorded edition online.

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