Predicting and Preventing Suicide: Where Are We?

by Kate Bentley MA. and Matthew Nock PhD.
February, 2017

BentleyandNock_0.pngSuicide 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.

Telemental Health – Convenient, Effective and Here to Stay

by Peter Yellowlees, MD
February, 2017

Peter Yellowlees_2_0.jpgPsychiatrists 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. This occurs in primary care clinics, at work and at home – and by an increasingly large number of mental health therapists from all disciplines. Patients can be treated securely and in high definition on a laptop or tablet at minimal cost using video systems that are increasingly ubiquitous and easily accessible. 

Missing your OCD?

by Patricia Thornton, PhD
February, 2017

patricia_thornton_picture_0.pngAs my OCD patients get better with treatment, they are relieved that their obsessions are less frequent and less intense and they have more control over performing rituals. This they expect. But what can be unexpected is the feeling of mourning as symptoms dissipate. Often my patients have lived most of their lives struggling with upsetting obsessions and engaging in rituals that can consume hours of time. Their lives have been severely compromised by the disorder. They certainly don’t like having OCD, but it’s familiar to them. Some comments from my patients include: “I’m just used to it”. “It’s like a shadow...always there.” “What will my life look like without OCD?” “What do I think about if I don’t have these obsessions so constantly?”

ADAA Embraces Telebehavioral Health

by Susan K. Gurley, ADAA Executive Director
February, 2017

With more than 18 million annual website visitors seeking information and resources on anxiety, depression, and related disorders, ADAA’s website has become a critical platform for help and support.  Many visit our site to search our Find A Therapist  database (unique in that it only lists therapists who have expertise in anxiety, depression and related disorders) for individual clinicians and practices in their geographic area.

Helping Your Anxious Teen Cope with a Panic Attack

by Sheila Josephs, PhD
January, 2017

Sheila_Josephs_Picture.pngAnxious teens are vulnerable to experiencing a panic attack, which is a frightening experience, especially since it can occur out of the blue.  A panic attack is a sudden and sharp rise in anxiety accompanied by physical symptoms such as racing heart, dizziness, numbness and shortness of breath.  The physical symptoms are an adaptive response to the perception of being in acute danger.  However, they can unfortunately arise under everyday stress, such as when a teen has to take a daunting test.  What can you do to help your anxious teen cope with a panic attack?

What Does "Overcoming" Anxiety Really Mean?

by Amy Jacobsen, PhD
January, 2017


Naturally, when individuals seek treatment for anxiety, their primary goal is to “stop…worrying/panicking/obsessing/etc.” This is understandable because the symptoms have caused turmoil in their lives!


Why is My OCD Worse On Vacation?

by Patricia Thornton, PhD
January, 2017

Many of my patients took an extended holiday over the Christmas/New Year's break. When they returned to treatment in mid­January most of them reported that their OCD symptoms had worsened. Obsessions returned that had been dormant. New obsessions and compulsions emerged and sometimes they didn’t realize this was OCD because the content of the OCD was unfamiliar. Compulsions they had been successful resisting in the past were much harder to resist. If you have OCD, it’s helpful to understand what may happen when you go on vacation.

8 Steps to Overcoming Your Fear of Flying

by Martin Seif, PhD

Latch on to triggers that set you off.


Figure out what frightens you and examine how your anxiety reaction is triggered. Your goal is to identify your particular triggers, so you can manage your fear when anxiety levels are low. Learning what sets you off makes it easier to turn it off.


by Angela Neal-Barnett, PhD

More than 40 million adults in the United States suffer from some form of anxiety. Sadly, only one-third recognize what may be happening and talk to their doctor; only about one-quarter of African Americans seek mental health care, compared to 40 percent of whites. And of these who do seek help, many African Americans face an additional obstacle.


by Marsha B. Henderson

When I first started working in the health field 30 years ago, I never thought much about clinical trials. Clinical trials didn’t really come up in conversations at work or with my family. This all changed when I joined the Office of Women’s Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


by ADAA Board of Directors


The ADAA Board and leadership recognizes that this past year has been a tumultuous and, for many in our country, a very stressful and distressing one. Numerous instances of hate speech and angry sound bites have left many in our country, particularly minority groups, feeling extremely anxious, depressed and uncertain about the future.

What is ADAA?

by Susan Gurley, Executive Director

If you or someone you love suffers from depression, or an anxiety disorder, you might have come across an organization called the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) while searching for answers. Perhaps that search is what led you to this very page, and now, you’re wondering where to go from here. ADAA provides information and services, both for professionals and consumers, but if you’re just visiting this site for the first time, this all might be a bit overwhelming.


by Aarti Gupta, PsyD

We are in the home stretch of a prolonged, caustic, and shocking presidential campaign season. No matter which way you lean, few will argue that the 2016 election will go down in history as unprecedented, in that both candidates seem have a surplus of skeletons in their closets and a penchant for throwing surprise curveballs.


How to Get Over It: Fear of Vomiting

by Ken Goodman, LCSW

If you have a fear of vomiting, just reading the title of this article might make you a bit queasy. The mere mention of the "V word" might send you into a state of anxiety. If you can relate, I encourage you to press on despite your worry, so you can take the first steps to overcoming it.



The Link Between Experiences of Racism and Stress and Anxiety for Black Americans

by Tahirah Abdullah and Jess Graham

Within the Black community, we generally acknowledge and discuss experiences of racism and the detrimental impact of racism on equitable access to resources (including education, housing, health care, etc.). We less frequently discuss the detrimental impact racism often has on our mental health.

Suicide Prevention: Tips for Kids and Teens

by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

If someone you know is thinking about suicide…

by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

People who kill themselves exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or do. The more warning signs, the greater the risk.

Learn these warning signs and how to help those who need it.


ADAA is focused on helping people affected by anxiety and depression, and our partnership with The Mighty will allow us to reach even more people to offer them hope and help. Here's an example of the kind of stories available on The Mighty: What Nobody Tells You About Self-Care.”