There was a time when basic things—like driving, climbing a flight of stairs, taking a shower, or going through the checkout line at the grocery store—landed me somewhere between mortal unease and full-throttle terror. It all began with a single panic attack that seemed to strike out of the blue. Mistaking it for a heart attack, I called an ambulance, but I quickly learned that there is no ambulance for an alarm of the mind.
My earliest childhood memories are of constant fear. A skinny kid with crooked teeth, somewhat shy and reserved with social anxiety, I was an easy target for bullies, which made my issues even more difficult to handle. I never spoke to anyone about my feelings because I felt they were my fault.
Childhood anxiety, even severe and chronic, doesn’t necessarily stand in the way of success and achievement. But caring parents will do anything to help relieve their children of misery. Scott Stossel, the editor of The Atlantic magazine, tells his story of struggling, coping, and living a very productive life.Read
Find out what you need to know to make sure you get appropriate treatment for trichotillomania and other body-focused repetitive behaviors.
Ruth Golomb, LCPC
Clinician, supervisor, and co-director of the doctoral training program at The Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, Silver Spring, Maryland
Scientific Advisory Board and faculty, Trichotillomania Larning Center (TLC)
Ms. Golomb explains trichotillomania and other body-focused repetitive behaviors, their effective treatments, and what parents and patients should know to make sure they’re getting appropriate treatment.
College-aged adults (age 18–25) have more accepting views of mental health care than other adults, but they still see challenges when it comes to accessing care, according to results of a nationwide poll. The survey was conducted online among more than 2,000 adults, including 198 age 18–25, by Harris Poll on behalf of Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and two partnering organizations.
A depressed comedian found treatment and she triumphed over her depression. Discover what makes her say, “Baloney!”