Beth SalcedoMedical Director, The Ross Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders
Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The George Washington University College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Dr. Salcedo is a psychiatrist with expertise in diagnostic assessment and psychopharmacologic management of anxiety and mood disorders in adults. She has been the medical director of The Ross Center since 2002, and has been with the center since 1997. She has been named in Washingtonian magazine’s “Top Doctors” in 2010 and 2012.

LOGO_Clinical_Fellow_ADAA-01.jpgShe has been an active member of the organization since 2004.

Why I am a member of ADAA

I joined ADAA years ago to get the discounted conference rate. My boss at the time was Jerilyn Ross, a founding member and the president of ADAA. She really wanted all of us in our practice to be a part of the conference, so many of us joined and attended our first conference. This led to our going back year after year.

What I value about the ADAA mission and how it's a fit with my work

I am in a large practice with a focus on providing the best treatments for patients suffering with anxiety and depression. ADAA is by far the organization that is the best fit for all of us. The membership mirrors our practice: many different disciplines working together in the service of those suffering with anxiety and mood disorders. There is no other organization that so perfectly matches our model. We can get all of our professional education needs met through ADAA, get great information to our patients, and network and get referrals all over the country.

I love that ADAA is so inclusive of all disciplines where the goal is the same — the prevention, treatment, and eventual cure of anxiety and depression. There are lots of different treatments out there, many of which are quite effective, but so many are effective only for some of our patients. ADAA’s mission is also about getting the word out about what works and what doesn’t. This mission of dissemination is also one that I value, as do others in my practice.

What I find exciting in my workplace

The most exciting thing happening for me at work is the daily collaboration with different practitioners. We get to share cases and come at problems from different angles, as well as see how when we work together our patients are given more tools, progress faster, and get better. We see our patients respond to treatment, recognize mental health issues in family members and friends, and begin to spread the word that good treatment is available. Younger generations are now starting to recognize anxiety and depression and ask for help, and this sets in motion prevention of comorbid conditions down the road. It is thrilling to watch people live their lives again and to know that you are part of a team that played a role in that change.