Suicide is one of the most devastating public health problems faced by society today. In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2015). Over 44,000 Americans take their own lives each year, which works out to about 120 suicides each day, just in the U.S. (CDC, 2015). This means that we are each more likely to die by our own hand than someone else’s (World Health Organization [WHO], 2012). For every suicide death, there are also another 10 to 25 non-fatal suicide attempts (CDC, 2015; Crosby, Gfroerer, Han, Ortega, & Parks, 2011). These statistics are alarming.
Psychiatrists have been using videoconferencing for psychiatric consultations for almost sixty years. Now with the advent of web and cloud based systems, mobile computing, the impact of commercial telemedicine service companies, and a growing body of evidence and research, more and more patients are being treated online.
Dr. Joseph Brand provides an overview of common sleep problems experienced by kids and teens. He covers insomnia, separation anxiety, circadian rhythm problems, and other issues. Dr. Brand reviews the most effective treatment approaches for different age groups, from toddlers and young children to older adolescents.
Telemental Health is the provision of mental health services using live, interactive video conferencing. Online therapy, also known as telemental health, is a growing field. A therapist or counselor provides psychological advice and support over the internet through email, video conferencing, online chat, or a phone call. Telemental health may be useful to individuals who cannot leave their home, who work unconventional hours, as well as those overseas or who live in rural or remote areas. ADAA is pleased to offer a listing of our member clinicians who provide telemental health services. Providers are listed by state and their specialty areas. ADAA will be updating this list on a consistent basis so please check back frequently.
For many, living with anxiety and depression can be debilitating. Often, friends and family members don’t understand the extent to which living with a mental illness negatively impacts relationships. We asked the ADAA community to share what they wish friends and family understood. Here's what they had to say: “We aren’t weak or lazy, in fact it takes strength, courage and stamina to face the same demons every day.”
Feeling anxious about Hurricane Matthew? Learn ways to prepare and keep calm after the storm.  
Fear of flying is not a single fear or phobia, and an airplane is a perfect storm for anxious reactions. Learn eight steps that take you from fearful to flying.
You may not think of yourself as worried or anxious. But if you are having physical pain, or waking up in the night, or sensitive to sounds, or overthinking things, you may have GAD. Read one woman's story of her diagnosis.
No one enjoys vomiting and everyone thinks it’s disgusting, but most people are not afraid of it. Anxiety and worry can cause nausea, and if you do not vomit when you’re anxious…you won’t! Learn how to get over this phobia.
September is Suicide Prevention Month. Listen to this podcast to learn the warning signs of suicide — and how you can help someone in crisis. If you are in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Suicide Prevention Lifeline