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“"I know from personal experience...getting anxious kids help early can be crucial in heading off more serious problems later in life."”

A Childhood Darkened by Severe Anxiety Becomes Brighter

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.

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“I’m trying to get off medication so I can have a baby. It's been tough and I've experienced many setbacks, but I haven't given up.”

Childhood Panic—and Hope

It started at the onset of puberty, when I was 11 years old. I was at school, watching my older sister load the school bus to be taken away to 6th-grade camp. Suddenly a wave of panic overcame me. I don't recall my physical symptoms other than a racing heart and nausea.

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TREATMENT NOW SAVES LIVES

Mara Suttman-Lea“I have clinical depression,” says Mara Suttman-Lea. “No, I am not depressed. I suffer from depression. They are two vastly different concepts.”

Treatment Now Saves Lives

We are in this together. "If we recognize that our pain is a shared pain and a part of our common humanity, we can be more at peace.”

Instead of letting her depression run her life, she decided to outrun it.


“I have clinical depression,” says Mara Suttman-Lea. “No, I am not depressed. I suffer from depression. They are two vastly different concepts.”

Fears of Ebola?

10/30/2014

An expert explains why reassuring words that you won't get Ebola are often not enough to soothe your anxieties.

October 9: National Depression Screening Day

10/1/2014

Take an anonymous online screening or locate a mental health screening site, including those for college students and military and their families. Screening for depression is as important as screening for physical diseases because early identification makes treatment more effective.

Suicide

Robin WilliamsADAA mourns the loss of Robin Williams and too many others whose lives have ended due to suicide. His tragic death illustrates the great need for increased public awareness of the grave risk that suicide poses.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy vs. Supportive Psychotherapy for Adults With Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

The purpose of this study is to learn which of two forms of therapy is more likely to help people who have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). We are comparing cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a promising new treatment for BDD, and supportive psychotherapy (SPT), which appears to be the most widely used therapy in the community to treat BDD and related problems, such as low self-esteem or problems with family members or friends.

Study Treatments

Organization: 
Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital
Principal Investigator: 
Katharine Phillips, MD
Eligibility Criteria: 

Adults (age18 or older):

  • Have BDD.
  • Live within driving distance of Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Meet further qualifications for this study.
Contact: 
Phone: 877-4MGH-BDD or email BDD@Lifespan.org
Location: 
Massachusetts General Hospital
State: 
Massachusetts
Study End Date: 
Sat, 2016-04-30

Integrated PTSD and Smoking Treatment

Research shows that people with PTSD are more likely to smoke than people without PTSD. It also shows that people with PTSD have more difficulty at attempts to quit smoking. This study is part of a program aimed at finding out how best to help smokers quit who also have PTSD.

Organization: 
The University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator: 
Mark B. Powers, PhD
Eligibility Criteria: 
  • Male and female patients ages 18 to 65 capable of providing informed consent
  • Willing and able to provide informed consent, attend all study visits and comply with the protocol
  •  Daily smoker for at least 3 months
  • Currently smoke an average of at least 8 cigarettes per day
  • Report a motivation to quit smoking in the next month of at least 5 on a 10-point scale
  • Meet criteria for current diagnosis of PTSD via structured clinical interview
Exclusion Criteria: 
  • Current diagnosis of a psychotic, eating, developmental, or bipolar disorder
  • Significant suicide risk as determined by structured interview
  • Psychoactive substance abuse or dependence (excluding nicotine dependence) within the past 6 months
  • Limited mental competency and the inability to give informed, voluntary, written consent to participate
  • Current use of any pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy for smoking cessation not provided by the researchers during the quit attempt
  • Current psychotherapy directed specifically toward treatment of PTSD
  • Use of other tobacco products
  • Planning on moving (outside of the immediate area) in the next 6 months
  • Insufficient command of the English language (i.e., cannot carry on a conversation with an interviewer in English or read associated text)

 

Contact: 
Brooke Kauffman, 512-471-1117; treatment@utexas.edu
Location: 
The University of Texas at Austin
State: 
Texas
Study End Date: 
Sat, 2018-06-30

 

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