ADAA is delighted to share member blog posts on various innovative and current research and practice issues. We encourage our members and the broader professional community to read and share these informative posts with colleagues. ADAA invites members interested in submitting a blog post to contact us. Blog posts need to be titled, be no more than 500 words in length, and accompanied by a head shot and a 2-3 sentence biography. Blog posts will be posted here and shared through Insights - ADAA’s weekly member email newsletter. ADAA members are also encouraged to submit blog posts (the same submission criteria applies) that are consumer focused. These will be posted on the consumer blog post page of the ADAA website and shared via social media and through Triumph, our monthly consumer email newsletter.
Kimberly Morrow, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Private Practice, Erie, PA
Elizabeth and I just finished giving a continuing education webinar called, The Magic of CBT for Anxiety and Depression. We have found, from our workshops, that many master level clinicians have never learned the foundations of cognitive behavioral therapy. This is unfortunate in that it becomes difficult to understand some of the more advanced concepts of CBT with ERP if you don’t know the basics. We were thrilled with the number of participants in this webinar. The participation supports our theory that therapists desire to learn the basics of CBT so they can offer their clients evidenced based treatment for anxiety, OCD, and depression.
Peter Yellowlees MD
Professor of Psychiatry
UC Davis President Elect
American Telemedicine Association
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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. 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.
Karen Levine, PhD
Psychologist in Lexington MA
Lecturer on Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School, treating young children with Autism, Anxiety or Selective Mutism. With her colleague Naomi Chedd, LMHC, she authored 3 books including Attacking Anxiety (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015). http://drkarenlevine.com
Humor is a useful tool that can be readily used together with gradual exposure / CBT in treating children’s phobias. By “humor” I mean playfulness used by the adult, collaboratively with the child, in an individualized manner that the child finds funny, and that is consistent with the culture of the child and setting. For instance, together with a preschooler terrified of bugs, adult and child can initially make their Lego figures stomp on plastic bugs, ‘tossing them away’ in a clean waste basket. The goal is to get the child to smile, to laugh, feel supported by the adult, share playful emotions, as they play with feared bugs. Note this is different from performance humor such as telling jokes or wearing funny hats.
Susan K. Gurley
ADAA Executive Director
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.
Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Chief Scientific Officer
James and Patricia Poitras Chair in Psychiatry
Chief, Division of Depression & Anxiety Disorders
We have all felt afraid. Fear makes some feel unique, alone, embarrassed, or ashamed, while others may become angry, defensive, or hostile. Socially, group experiences of fear of the unknown and xenophobia can drive negative political movements and mass hysteria.Throughout human history, fear has driven our actions and often unwanted emotions and behavior – such as anxiety, PTSD, and aggression. As a society, fear-based societal movements have been unethical, inhumane, and destructive. Ironically, fear, which exists for our individual survival, may be the strongest emotional driver of risk for our own self-destruction as a species.
Paul Holtzheimer, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Surgery
Director of the Mood Disorders Service
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
White River Junction VA Medical Center
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Focal brain stimulation techniques are potentially powerful tools for the investigation and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. These approaches include transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and deep brain stimulation among others. In general, focal brain stimulation applies electrical stimulation to a discrete region of the brain to generate neurophysiological effects. These effects are hypothesized to be behaviorally and clinically significant via direct modulation of the brain region targeted, as well as “downstream” effects within a network of connected brain regions involved in the regulation of mood, thought and behavior. It is hypothesized that focal stimulation can have longer-term effects on neuroplasticity, suggesting that it may be possible to generate a sustained increase or decrease in activity within the network depending on stimulation location and type. As such, focal brain stimulation offers a novel paradigm for the study and treatment of neuropsychiatric illness.