Anxiety & Depression Insights
Jun. 23, 2015

2016 call for presentations
ADAA
Submit your abstracts for the Anxiety and Depression Conference, March 31-April 3 in Philadelphia.

Review "How to Submit" and the Submission Checklist for details.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES:

Questions? Email ADAA conference staff.

Professionals and students from the fields of anxiety and mood disorders and OCD and PTSD converge to discuss new ideas in meaningful and exciting ways. More

Online CE
ADAA
Enhanced learning. Improved client outcomes.

Upcoming this fall
Treating Anxiety Disorders & OCD by Targeting Transdiagnostic Mechanisms
1 pm ET Aug. 25 | 1 pm ET Sept. 15 | 1 pm ET Oct. 6
Joan Davidson, Ph.D.
Find the details here.

Treatment-Resistant Pediatric Anxiety
Noon ET Sept. 10 | 7 p.m. ET Oct. 1 | Noon ET Oct. 22
Lynne Siqueland, Ph.D.
Find the details here.

Treating Emotion Dysregulation Problems by Targeting Transdiagnostic Mechanisms
12:30 p.m. ET Sept. 23 | 12:30 p.m. ET Oct. 14 | 12:30 p.m. ET Nov. 4
Rochelle I. Frank, Ph.D.
Find the details and register here.

Click for additional information about Professional Webinars and Online Group Consultation. More

Special DVD offer with CE credits
ADAA

Accelerated Treatment for Anxiety: Core Concepts with Reid Wilson, Ph.D.

Dr. Wilson illustrates the core concepts of his groundbreaking technique and paradoxical twist in exposure therapy. More

Depression and Anxiety
ADAA
Journal: Free With ADAA Membership

Primer on Anxiety Disorders: Translational Perspectives on Diagnosis and Treatment
Order online and save 30 percent: Enter promo code ampromd9 at checkout. "Primer on Anxiety Disorders: Translational Perspectives on Diagnosis and Treatment" provides early-stage practitioners and trainees — as well as seasoned clinicians and researchers — with need-to-know information designed to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders. More

Clinicians: We need your help
MoodNetwork
MoodNetwork | A Project of Massachusetts General Hospital

We've just launched MoodNetwork.org, a patient-powered research and support network for people with depression and bipolar disorder. Based at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MoodNetwork is recruiting patients with mood disorders as active partners in large-scale comparative effectiveness research. Patients will identify areas of research that are important to them and will evaluate the effectiveness of treatments and therapies. Our goal is to bring together 50,000 or more patients, along with clinicians and researchers, and do studies on a large enough scale to allow us to determine which treatments work best for the individual patient.

If we are to reach our goal, we need the help of clinicians like you. We hope that you will share this resource with your patients and encourage them to join. The more participants we have, the more likely we are to find the treatments that will help you help your patients.

MoodNetwork provides useful resources and tools for your patients, as well as a community for sharing experiences and knowledge. Participants can track their mood through online surveys, engage in forums with doctors, researchers and other patients, write blogs, evaluate treatments, suggest topics for research and learn about mental health.

MoodNetwork can also be a useful tool for you as a clinician. You can log in with your patients and track their progress by seeing their online responses to questionnaires. MoodNetwork can also support your work with your patients by encouraging the use of evidence-based medicine, by suggesting that your patients contact you if they do not feel well (for example, when they complete one of the online surveys), by providing safe peer support (all comments, blogs and forums are monitored by the MoodNetwork staff) and by providing adjunct resources to your care.

We welcome your feedback on the website and surveys, as well as your thoughts on research, treatments and therapies. Please contact us at moodnetwork@partners.org. Thank you for supporting MoodNetwork. With your help, we can make a difference. More

Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Life Span
ADAA
July 11-12
Boston Marriott Copley Place


This innovative, multidisciplinary conference delivers a comprehensive overview of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), from genetics to assessment to clinical care. Organized into topic-specific modules — each involving short lectures, expert debate and audience interactivity — the agenda examines psychiatric comorbidities, assessment measures, evidence-based psychopharmacology, neuroimaging, genetics, legal issues and other critical topics.

For more information and to register, visit www.mghcme.org/autism2015. For questions, email mghcme@partners.org or call 866-644-7792. More

Depressed? Try therapy without the therapist
The New York Times
Elle is a mess. She's actually talented, attractive and good at her job, but she feels like a fraud — convinced that today's the day she'll flunk a test, lose a job, mess up a relationship. Her colleague Moody also sabotages himself. He's a hardworking, nice person, but loses friends because he's grumpy, oversensitive and gets angry for no reason. If you suffer from depression or anxiety as Elle and Moody do, spending time with them could help. More

Compulsive skin-picking, hair pulling are more common than you'd think
The Huffington Post
Engaging in repetitive body-focused behaviors like nail-biting, skin-picking or hair-twirling may mean you are a perfectionist. But how do you know when your habit has gone too far? A staggering one in 50 adults, or as much as four percent of the population, suffers from trichotillomania, or the compulsive urge to pull or twist the hair until it breaks, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.More

Man shares emotional video of panic attack to approve anxiety 'is real'
The Huffington Post
As he was coming down from a debilitating panic attack, Casey Throwaway turned on his camera and started filming himself. "I wanted to make this video to show that it's real, okay? This is real," he said, his face wet with tears. Throwaway's video, entitled "Anxiety Sucks," has gone viral this month, racking up more than 250,000 views. He said he decided to post it on YouTube in the hopes of connecting with others who suffer from mental illness. More

People with panic disorder more likely to suffer a heart attack
Herald Sun
People who suffer from panic disorder are 36 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack later in life. They're also 47 percent more likely to develop heart disease, according to a new University of Adelaide study published in the journal Psychological Medicine. More

Predictive modeling and concentration of the risk of suicide: Implications for preventive interventions in the US Department of Veterans Affairs
American Journal of Public Health
The Veterans Health Administration evaluated the use of predictive modeling to identify patients at risk for suicide and to supplement ongoing care with risk-stratified interventions. Modeling demonstrated that suicide rates were 82 and 60 times greater than the rate in the overall sample in the highest 0.01 percent stratum for calculated risk for the development and validation samples, respectively. More

7 questions for personalized medicine
JAMA
Personalized or precision medicine maintains that medical care and public health will be radically transformed by prevention and treatment programs more closely targeted to the individual patient. These interventions will be developed by sequencing more genomes, creating bigger biobanks, and linking biological information to health data in electronic medical records or obtained by monitoring technologiesMore

Racial and ethnic disparities in men's use of mental health treatments
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Compared with white Americans, persons of other races in the United States are less likely to have access to and receive needed mental health care. Few studies, however, have explored such disparities specifically among men. Mental health and treatment have traditionally received less attention for men than women, perhaps because men are less likely than women to report mental health problems and to receive services for these problems.More

Clinician's corner: Tips to stay engaged in therapy
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
As clinicians, we’ve all had patients who struggle to remain engaged in therapy, especially after a breakthrough, challenging session or even an alliance rupture. We know that almost half of patients leave psychotherapy too soon, which reduces the effectiveness of therapy. Taking a look at ourselves as therapists, and the therapeutic relationship, can help us find ways to stay engaged and keep patients as active participants in their therapy. More

Sedentary behavior 'could increase the risk of anxiety'
Medical News Today
Watching TV, playing video games, surfing the Web: sedentary activities such as these have long been associated with physical health problems such as obesity and heart disease. A new study, however, suggests that they could also be associated with an increased risk of anxiety. The study was published in BMC Public Health.More

Vaccine hope for post-traumatic stress
Nature
Tweaking the immune system could be key to treating, or even preventing, post-traumatic stress disorder. Research in rodents suggests that immunizing animals can lessen fear if they are later exposed to stress. Researchers have known for some time that depression and immune-system health are linked and can affect each other. Early clinical trials have shown that anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce symptoms of depression, raising hopes that such treatments might be useful in other types of mental illness, such as PTSD.More

Brain injury patterns linked to post-concussion depression and anxiety
Radiological Society of North America via EurekAlert!
A new MRI study has found distinct injury patterns in the brains of people with concussion-related depression and anxiety, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. The findings may lead the way to improved treatment and understanding of these common disorders, researchers said.More

Looking at angry faces may reveal risk for depression
The Huffington Post
Relapse is a common but troubling symptom of depression, with anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of people who experience one or more depressive episodes going on to experience another episode. While the causes of relapse are often unclear, new research in the journal Clinical Psychological Science suggests that an attentional bias towards negative facial expressions may be one risk factor. More

Sleep may hold key to PTSD treatment
MedPage Today
Human volunteers who learned that a certain visual signal leads to an electric shock were more likely to respond fearfully to the signal days later when they were sleep-deprived, compared with controls allowed to sleep normally, according to researchers. The finding suggests that treating sleep problems might enhance treatment of PTSD. The results were part of a study presented in a platform session at SLEEP 2015.More

Obsessive compulsive disorder
Psychiatric Annals
ADAA member Phillip Seibel, MD serves as guest editor for the June 2015 issue of Psychiatric Annals. This issue is devoted to furthering psychiatrists' knowledge of OCD and provides a resource that describes the best practice approaches in OCD and also discusses treatments that are still under study. More

Experimental therapy gets traumatized soldiers walking toward relief
CBC News
The virtual reality lab at the Ottawa Hospital looks like the bridge of a spaceship or the world's biggest video game. A treadmill sits on a platform in the middle of a darkened room in front of a huge wraparound video screen. Patients are tethered in a harness to the treadmill as they walk through a series of computer-generated virtual environments, all controlled by a technician at a nearby command station.More

People with sleep disorders at higher risk of heart attack, stroke
Medical Daily
Doctors specializing in sleep medicine have found a link to sleep disorders and heart disease in the past, but they didn't know if losing sleep was causing heart attacks or purely coincidence. But study results, presented at EuroHeartCare, the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, are said to be the first to examine how sleep disorders impact a person's risk for heart disease or stroke. More