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Anxiety and Depression Conference to feature industry experts
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Broad in scope and depth, the Anxiety and Depression Conference offers unsurpassed access to experts in clinical care and research, opportunities to talk with people who share your interests and passions and presentations that will enrich your research and practice. Will you be there? Watch more.
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Special DVD offer with CE credits
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Accelerated Treatment for Anxiety: Core Concepts with Reid Wilson, Ph.D.

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.

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Depression & Anxiety — the official journal of ADAA
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Cognitive behavioral therapy for hoarding disorder: a meta-analysis.

Hoarding disorder (HD) is a new diagnosis in DSM-5 (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) appears promising for the treatment of HD, and has been tested in both individual and group settings.

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TAKING ACTION


Tell your story
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Have you been denied mental health coverage from your insurance carrier? The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance is collecting stories that can be used to affect change. In developing your story, please share with DBSA details about your experience.
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LEGISLATIVE NEWS


Obama signs Suicide Prevention for Veterans Act into law
The New York Times
President Obama signed a measure into law on Thursday to fight a wave of suicide among veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress, a problem that has won increased attention as American troops have returned from Afghanistan and Iraq.
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President Obama's plan to address our nation's urgent mental health needs
The Huffington Post
President Obama's recently proposed fiscal year 2016 budget provides the nation with an unprecedented opportunity to address America's urgent behavioral health needs. About one in five Americans experiences a mental illness every year, yet many struggle to access treatment and services. The FY 2016 budget proposes improvements to the mental health system by expanding treatment for serious mental illness and by reaching people in crisis when they need help the most.
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RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS


SAMHSA's new report tracks the behavioral health of America
SAMHSA
A new Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report illuminates important trends — many positive — in Americans' behavioral health, both nationally and on a state-by-state basis. SAMHSA's new report provides data about key aspects of behavioral healthcare issues affecting American communities, including rates of depression among adolescents, suicidal thoughts, serious mental illness and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders.
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Suicide risk and risk of death among recent veterans
Department of Veterans Affairs
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Public Health has created an infograph to highlight the findings of a recent study of veterans. Among deployed and non-deployed veterans who served during the Iraq or Afghanistan wars between 2001 and 2007, the rate of suicide was greatest the first three years after leaving service, according to the study.
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Study shows need for more research on trauma, other body-mind therapies
The Medical News
A new trauma study notes the lack of hypothesized scientific models for the mechanisms of action responsible for outcomes in somatic experiencing trauma therapy and other body-mind therapies. Pointing to the well-established association of stress with mortality from cancer and many other diseases, the team spoke of the need for more research into the mechanisms through which SE and similar therapies resolve stress, trauma and their co-morbidities.
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Depression and anxiety may be the first manifestations of a medical disease
Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Affective disturbances involving alterations of mood, anxiety and irritability may be early symptoms of medical illnesses, according to a new study. The aim of the research was to provide a systematic review of the literature with qualitative data synthesis.
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Anxiety may speed aging
WebMD
Anxiety disorders might affect a sign of aging, but treatment can reverse the process, new research suggests. A Dutch study of more than 2,300 people looked at telomeres, which are the DNA at the end of chromosomes. Telomeres shorten with age, so they're considered a sign of cellular aging.
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PTSD common in parents whose children have suffered a stroke
Medical Daily
A pediatric stroke is a life-changing event for any child, and their parents. A recent study presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2015 has found that parents of a child who has suffered a stroke often experience post-traumatic stress disorder. Clearly, parents in a shoddy psychological state may not make the best decisions when it comes to their child's treatment and recovery.
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Mouse study finds serotonin deficiency increases depression risk
Medical News Today
A new study from researchers at Duke University finds that mice deficient in serotonin are more vulnerable to social stressors than a group of healthy control mice. Although the normal mice saw reduced depression symptoms following treatment with Prozac, the low-serotonin mice did not.
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Measuring this brain region could predict depression, anxiety
The Huffington Post
Why is it that some of us thrive in the face of life's trials, while others suffer? Neuroscientists may have found a clue to psychological vulnerability within a tiny emotion-processing center in the brain. In a study published in the journal Neuron, researchers from Duke University found that measuring the activity of the amygdala, an almond-shaped part of the brain that determines how we respond to threats, could predict whether individuals would react to stressful life events with anxiety or depression — as early as four years before these reactions occur.
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Does Facebook cause depression? Depends on how you use it
National Public Radio
Another day, another Facebook-makes-us-sadder study. This time, it's from the University of Missouri, and it comes with a key caveat: Facebook can make us sadder, the researchers find, but only if you're using it to lurk from afar — to check on how an old acquaintance is doing, for example, without actually engaging that person with "likes" or comments.
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Childhood anxiety could physically change the brain
The Huffington Post
Mental health issues may seem like adult-only problems, but they can also have a profound impact on younger minds. In fact, anxiety in preschoolers may lead to physiological changes in the brain, a recent study suggests. Researchers from Yale, Duke and Vanderbilt universities examined children's brains over the course of five years and found long-lasting neurobiological effects in those with an anxiety disorder.
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This news brief is a timely update about anxiety disorders and depression sent to members of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and other professionals interested in this area. Links to articles are provided for the convenience of the reader. External resources are not a part of the ADAA website, and ADAA is not responsible for the content of external sites. Linking to a website does not constitute an endorsement by ADAA of the sponsors of the site or the information presented on the site. For more information about ADAA, visit www.ADAA.org.
 



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