Older Adults

Stress: On the Verge of a Health Crisis


The American Psychological Association 2011 survey Stress in America™ suggests that stress takes a particular toll on family caregivers and those diagnosed with obesity and/or depression. Read more survey results and find out ways to reduce your stress. 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Anxiety Disorders

Melissa Hunt, PhD
Associate Director of Clinical Training
Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Behavioral and Community Health
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Hunt discusses why many people with panic, agoraphobia, or social anxiety disorder also have IBS.


Videos Offer Help and Hope for Living with OCD


People often jokingly point to odd habits or tidiness as signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD. But the truth is OCD is a very real disorder that affects more than 2 million Americans, and there is a big difference between maintaining a morning routine or keeping a clean home and living with the disorder.

OCD in Adults

The essential features of adult OCD are recurrent, unwanted obsessions or compulsions that are severe enough to be time consuming; that is, they take more than one hour a day — or they cause marked distress or significant impairment in your daily life.

Funding for this video provided by a grant from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Watch

The Art of Persuasion: Changing the Mind on OCD

Reid Wilson, PhD

Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
University of North Carolina School of Medicine


Video: Bridging Science, Treatment, and Public Education of Anxiety Disorders

As a tribute to the life work of Jerilyn Ross, cofounder of ADAA, the National Institute of Mental Health sponsored Bridging Science, Treatment, and Public Education of Anxiety Disorders, a free symposium.


The Diane Rehm Show on Anxiety Disorders

The Diane Rehm Show, produced by WAMU in Washington, DC, for NPR, featured a program on anxiety disorders on November 18, 2010.

Listen to the show.

Read a transcript.


Older Adults

Experts recognize that aging and anxiety are not mutually exclusive: Anxiety is as common among the old as among the young. In fact, many older adults with an anxiety disorder had one when they were younger.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is the most common anxiety disorder among older adults, though anxiety disorders in this population are frequently associated with traumatic events such as a fall or acute illness.

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