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. If you’re one of the people in this situation, this article is for you.

Information

First of all, not everyone who goes searching for help with disorders necessarily has a diagnosis for one. In some cases, they might not even know what to look for or where to start. While ADAA can’t diagnose you, we can still provide you with resources and information on depression and an array of anxiety disorders, including general anxiety disorder (GAD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, specific phobias, bipolar disorder, and other related conditions.  This information is sorted by condition under the “Understanding the Facts” tab. While under the “Live and Thrive” tab, you can find information and resources targeted at specific demographics, such as women, children, older adults, and military families.

In addition to providing information on what all these disorders are, ADAA also makes it a priority to provide information on what they are not.  Society’s myths and misconceptions about mental health can pose a serious barrier to getting effective treatment, so it’s important that the facts are made clear.

Finding Help

If you already know what disorder you are dealing with, there is still a lot ADAA can offer you. While the organization doesn’t offer treatment or treatment referrals directly, we can help you learn about the treatment options available to you. Many treatment options are outlined in detail on the website, from therapy to medication to self-help, you’re bound to find something that will best fit your needs.

The Find A Therapist section of the website provides free access to a database of therapists throughout the United States that specialize in anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and other related disorders.  This can be a valuable tool for figuring out what services are closest to your current location. You don’t even need to be from the United States – with the advanced search option, you can access data from ten other countries as well.

So what do you do if there are no treatment providers near you? This is a very real problem that many people face, and until recently, there wasn’t any real viable solution to it. However, with the advent of Telemental Health, you can now get therapy or mental health coaching regardless of where you are, even from the comfort of your own home.  This remote type of therapy is a relatively new field, so ADAA has made sure to provide plenty of resources where you can learn more about what it is and how it works. ADAA has also now partnered with HealthUnlocked to offer a peer-to-peer online support group where you can log on and chat with others anytime you want.

Of course, not all of us have time to sit down and read through a website, especially on a daily basis. For this reason, ADAA provides mobile resources as well, from podcasts to mental health apps you can download to your phone and use on the go when its most convenient for you. And there’s no need to worry if you miss the free webinars either, they’re all archived online.

Every day ADAA staff and our members work tirelessly to educate consumers about the latest research and treatment options, bringing together the greatest minds in the field to raise awareness and work toward wellness.

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