Children

“"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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Brain Markers of Anxiety Disorders and SSRI/CBT Treatment in Children and Adolescents

Are you or do you have a child or adolescent for whom anxiety is a concern? Do you consider yourself excessively nervous? Do you have fears about social or other situations?

The University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study on child and adolescent anxiety. We are testing to see what genes, behavior, and brain function can tell us about successful treatment in child and adolescent anxiety using either talk therapy or a medication, both shown to be effective treatments. Participants will be randomized to receive either medication or therapy.

Organization: 
The University of Illinois at Chicago
Principal Investigator: 
K. Luan Phan, MD
Eligibility Criteria: 

You may be eligible if

  • you are 7 to 19 years old.
  • you suffer from an anxiety disorder.
Exclusion Criteria: 
  • Interested volunteers should have no metal parts (including braces) in their body. 
  • Women should not be pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
Contact: 
888-686-5591; emotion@psych.uic.edu
Location: 
Chicago
State: 
Illinois
Study End Date: 
Sat, 2015-01-31

Computerized Cognitive Training Program for Trichotillomania

The Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is conducting research on the effectiveness of a web-based computerized treatment program for compulsive hair-pulling (trichotillomania).

The study will take up to two months to complete. Treatment is free, and participants will be paid with $50 gift cards when they complete the study. This is a web-based study that allows individuals with an Internet-connected computer (with a videoconferencing capability such as Skype) to participate without a geographic limitation.

Organization: 
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Principal Investigator: 
Han Joo Lee, PhD
Eligibility Criteria: 
  • Between 8 and 17 years old
  • A diagnosis of trichotillomania
  • A computer with high-speed Internet
Exclusion Criteria: 
  • Current substance use problems
  • Current or past psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia
  • Current behavioral treatments for trichotillomania
  • Significant suicidality
  • Severe conditions known for poor response to inhibition (ADHD, OCD, and tic disorders)
  • Low intellectual functioning (below 80)
Contact: 
414-229-5941; trichstudy@gmail.com
Location: 
Web-based
State: 
Wisconsin
Study End Date: 
Wed, 2015-09-30

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.

Social Anxiety Disorder Videos

ADAA member Dr. Richard Heimberg, director of the Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple University, explains social anxiety disorder, which affects more than 15 million Americans.

ADAA produced these videos in association with the Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety.

NEW! Social Anxiety Disorder Videos

5/12/2014

Five new video segments to watch about understanding and overcoming social anxiety disorder.

Severe Weather: Reduce Your Anxiety

5/8/2014

Take these tips to help you take care of your  mental health and your family’s — before and after the arrival of a hurricane, tornado, or severe storm.

Treating Selective Mutism

ADAA

Steven M.S. Kurtz, PhD, ABPP

Director, Selective Mutism Program
Child Mind Institute, New York, New York

Founder of the Brave Buddies Program  

Dr. Kurtz discusses the success of tailored intensive treatment for children with selective mutism, and how kids are cured.

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Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

5/5/2014

Listen to Dr. Steven Kurtz discuss how children are cured of selective mutism with tailored intensive treatment.

 

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