Anxiety & Depression Insights
Dec. 9, 2014

2015 ADAA annual conference — Anxiety and Depression: Translating Research, Innovating Practice
April 9-12, 2015
Mark H. Pollock, M.D., President, ADAA
As you begin to make plans for the new year, I encourage you to think spring and Miami! Let’s share it together, learn it together, and change it together at the 2015 ADAA annual conference, Anxiety and Depression: Translating Research, Innovating Practice.

This conference is the professional hub for clinicians and researchers in the field of anxiety and depression, and related disorders who want to share, learn, innovate and advance the field in meaningful ways.

Here you will share research and clinical experiences, help translate ideas, learn new practice strategies and techniques, connect with leaders in the field to build your network, hone your skills and get inspired. That’s not all!

Register today!

Workshop on April 9
Changing the Anxious Mind — Rapidly — Reid Wilson, Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Reid Wilson, Ph.D. licensed psychologist, author and anxiety expert, will provide an advanced workshop that outlines and demonstrates a rapid-gain treatment model for panic disorder, social anxiety, phobias and OCD. Earn 6 CE creditsMore

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Special DVD offer

Accelerated Treatment for Anxiety: Core Concepts with Reid Wilson, Ph.D. ($59.00)

1.5 CE credits available online from (additional fee).

Reid Wilson, Ph.D., sums up the fundamentals of tackling the most common condition confronting psychotherapists. In this lively new video, combining a live presentation with an accompanying case demonstration, he illustrates the core concepts of his groundbreaking technique and paradoxical twist in exposure therapy. More

Take 60 seconds to ask Congress for payment fairness for patients with neurological and psychiatric conditions
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The Guardian
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Medscape (free subscription)
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Medscape (free subscription)
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Medical Xpress
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Bioscience Technology
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