Many people experience periods of anxiety or depression, so it is important to remember that you are not alone. Seeking support and encouragement during a difficult time is a critical first step, and it can be challenging. Coaching is a method that can be helpful for those who live with a mental illness.
Should doctors treat depression more like a stroke? ADAA members discuss new approaches to training the depressed brain. Researchers are developing new psychological treatments that aim to directly target the particular dysfunctions and processes that underlie depression.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
GAD is a condition characterized by persistent, excessive, uncontrollable and unrealistic worry about everyday things. Individuals meeting criteria for GAD mostly worry about the same material that the average person worries about, such as finances, their health and the health of their loved ones, and safety concerns, but people diagnosed with GAD spend much more time worrying. Whereas a healthy person may worry up to an hour a day, it is usually 3 to 10 hours per day for a person with GAD.
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We asked two experts about residential treatment for OCD, OC-related disorders, and other anxiety disorders.
Bradley C. Riemann, PhD (Clinical Director, OCD Center & CBT Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital) and Thröstur Björgvinsson, PhD (Program Director, Houston OCD Program) answered our questions.
Gail Steketee, PhD
Dean and Professor
Boston University School of Social Work
Dr. Steketee describes the prevalence of hoarding in older adults, what can trigger it, and what family members can do to get help for a loved one.
She is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and has authored hundreds of articles and chapters on anxiety, OCD, and related disorders.
Dr. Peggy Richter describes how CBT and various medication options can help treat people with OCD. Listen here.
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.”
An expert explains why reassuring words that you won't get Ebola are often not enough to soothe your anxieties.