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Welcome to our 100+ International Attendees
We are excited to welcome more than 100+ international attendees from more than 24 countries who will be joining us at #ADAA2019. We look forward to meeting you next month!
Help Improve Mental Health for the People of Bhutan
Dr. Karen Cassiday, ADAA Past President, is volunteering in Bhutan at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital and in the Department of Psychiatry at the Khesar Gyalp University of Medical Sciences this June through September 2019. Dr. Cassiday will be providing teaching, consultation and support to the country’s entire psychiatry staff, which consists of only three psychiatrists and three psychiatric nurses. Dr. Cassiday's goal will be to help strengthen their existing mental health services and to assist local mental health teams in their outreach to remote villages. Karen will be bringing evidence-based assessment and treatment knowledge and work to adapt to local customs and culture. The Bhutanese educational system uses English as its universal teaching language because the country has no universal national language due to the wide range of dialects from many remote villages.
The national referral hospital and medical university are small and in need of psychiatry and behavioral health textbooks and self-help books. They hope to train nurses to become rural mental health providers. Here is where you can help Bhutan in developing their mental health services. The textbooks and self-help books that you have written would be a valuable and much appreciated gift to the people of Bhutan. You can have a powerful positive impact if you donate the books that you have written to Karen to take to Bhutan.
You do not have to be an author to contribute. If you have some great textbooks or self-help books that you would like to donate, then please join our effort by bring two (2) copies of the book(s) you have written to the ADAA 2019 Conference in Chicago and depositing them in the donation box by the registration booth. One copy apiece will be given to the libraries of the referral hospital and the medical school. Alternately, you can mail your books to:
Karen Cassiday, PhD, ACT
The Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago
707 Lake Cook Road, Suite 310
Deerfield, IL 60015
Many thanks on behalf of Dr. Cassiday and ADAA.
#ADAA2019 Program Spotlight Multicultural Sessions
ADAA is very excited about our robust program of invited speakers and sessions at #ADAA2019:
Creating Change in Systems of Care and Professional Settings to Address Systemic Inequities
Friday, March 29, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, 1 credit
Chairs: Elizabeth Eustis, PhD and Krystal Lewis, PhD
Presenters: Kevin Chapman, PhD, Rebecca Ford-Paz, PhD, David Pantalone, PhD, Sierra Carter, PhD and Lauren Wadsworth, PhD
Cultural Crossroads: Incorporating Spirituality into Treating Anxiety and Depression Within the South Indian Hindu Population
Friday, March 29, 5:15pm – 6:45pm, 1.5 credits
Presenters: Nithya Narayan, PsyD and Akshay Naresh, PsyD
Self-Regulatory Processes, Mental Health, and Help Seeking in Racial/Ethnic Minorities
Saturday, March 30: 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM, 1.5 credits
Chair: Carmela Alcantara, PhD
Discussant: Douglas Mennin, PhD
Just Launched! Check out the Special Events Webpage for all of the exciting activities and events going on throughout the conference. Check back frequently for updates.
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Calling all Food Lovers –
Seeking a Few More Dine-Arounds Hosts
We are excited to announce that we will be bringing back Dine-Arounds for #ADAA2019 on Friday, March 29 following the poster session. Dine-Arounds are a fun way to provide your fellow attendees the opportunity of dining with you and networking with other conference attendees.
If you are an active ADAA member and would like to host a Dine-Around, sign up here.
Please contact ADAA member Ken Goodman, LCSW with any questions on being a host.
#ADAA2019 Online Program Now Available
The online program for #ADAA2019 is live. ADAA is offering 160+ sessions total, and more than a dozen sessions on OCD, including two OCD related Master Clinician Sessions on Thursday, March 28:
Thank you to ADAA's Current #ADAA2019 Sponsors
Rogers Behavioral Health
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Houston OCD Program
Janssen Research and Development LLC
Barn Life Recovery
Thank You to ADAA's Current #ADAA2019 Exhibitors
For details on sponsorship or exhibiting opportunities, please contact Gabby Oved at email@example.com or 240-485-1031.
Foundations Events would like invite you to attend “Innovations in Recovery” at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California on April 16-19, 2019. This conference will focus on identifying case-specific strategies for providing successful continuous care planning, patient-to-staff and staff-to-staff relationships, and more. Register & learn more now!
ADAA offers a variety of webinars for mental health professionals. Most ADAA professional webinars offer CE/CME and AWSB credits.
Thursday, March 7, 2019 — Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP presents:
It Works, But How?: Examination of Mechanisms of Change in PTSD Treatment
Eligible for 1 CE/CME hour
Thursday, June 13, 2019 — David Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP presents:
Spirituality & Mental Health: What Clinicians Need to Know
Eligible for 1 CE/CME hour
Based on member survey requests for more interactive educational initiatives, the Public Education Committee is pleased to announce our first online interactive Fall Forum which will address understanding and treating maternal anxiety and depression. The three-hour conversation will include discussions on the following topics:
Stay tuned for date/time and more details..
- Medications for maternal mental health issues
- Medication complexities during pregnancy and nursing
- Challenges associated with mood/anxiety across pregnancy and motherhood
- Maternal MH screening in pregnancy, post-partum, and infant visits
- Psychotherapy interventions for maternal MH issues
Recent ADAA Recordings
Click here for a full listing of all on-demand webinars.
ADAA 2019 Board Applications
Attn ADAA Members! This is Your Opportunity to Help Lead ADAA into the Future
All Nominations Due by Midnight, March 5, 2019
The Board of Directors, the governing body of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), is a volunteer group of members who are clinicians, researchers, and others with a commitment to advancing treatment, research, training, and education about anxiety disorders and depression. The ADAA Board of Directors provides governance and strategic direction to the overall organization. Board members reflect the highest standards of conduct and contribute their skills and resources to advance the mission of ADAA.
The ADAA Board has two open seats and will be selecting two candidates to join the Board as of April 15, 2019. Per ADAA's Board bylaws, the nominating committee is comprised of three current Board members and two ADAA members who are not serving on the Board. Nominees must be ADAA professional members in good standing.
The ideal candidate is someone who considers ADAA his or her professional home; embraces the concept of a multidisciplinary organization involving clinicians and researchers from different disciplines; actively recruits new members; promotes, presents, and attends the annual conference; and thinks strategically about the organization's growth and development. Preference will be given to candidates who are either masters level, clinicians, or experts in depression.
Learn more and apply today.
Meet the February 2019 Featured Lab: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center
ADAA member and past President Mark Pollack, MD is the Grainger Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. One area of major research focus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center is the exploration of etiologic factors, impact and treatment of trauma. The Road Home Program and the Center for Veterans and their Families at Rush examines novel treatments for PTSD that aim to improve therapeutic outcomes. Investigators in the Section of Population Behavioral Health work to study and prevent sexual exploitation and its consequences for homeless racial/ethnic and sexual minority youth. Learn more about this month's featured lab.
ADAA is proud to showcase the cutting-edge research conducted by our members. If you are interested in featuring your research lab, please download the flyer here. or contact Astrid Masfar: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADAA Member News
Be sure to check out the ADAA Membership and Membership Benefits pages for information about how to get the most out of your ADAA membership!
We are excited to announce that we have also renewed our partnership with TherapyNotes! TherapyNotes is an online EHR, practice management, and billing software designed for mental health professionals and ADAA members receive 2 months free (an exclusive offer to ADAA members). Log into your member account for the promo code.
New ADAA Member Publications
Overcoming Harm OCD: Mindfulness and CBT Tools for Coping with Unwanted Violent Thoughts
By Jon Hershfield, MFT
New ADAA Member Blog Posts
It’s My Sibling Who Has OCD. So, Why Am I Having a Tough Time?
by Michelle Witkin, PhD
Valentine’s Day: Day of Love or Day of Longing?
by Karen Cassiday, PhD
Have you been quoted in a recent news article/story? Please let us know so we can share your news with your ADAA colleagues and with our public community (here, through the website and via our social media platforms).
02/20/2019 CBT, Supportive Psychotherapy Improve Body Dysmorphia Severity, Healio.com, Douglas Mennin, PhD and Sabine Wilhelm, PhD
02/20/2019 Biohaven Enrolls First Patient In Phase 3 Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Trial Of Troriluzole, Biospace.com, Sanjay Mathew, MD
02/20/2019 Biohaven (BHVN) Reports First Patient Enrollment in Phase 3 Generalized Anxiety Disorder Trial Of Troriluzole, StreetInsider.com, Sanjay Mathew, MD
02/19/2019 7 Everyday Worries That Can Mean You Should Pay Attention To Your Anxiety, Bustle.com, Kristin Bianchi, PhD
02/18/2019 The Bigger Issue With "Natural Remedies" For Stress & Anxiety, Refinery29.com, Karen Cassiday, PhD, ACT
02/15/2019 25 Thoughtful Anxiety Books For Kids, Bustle.com, Dawn Huebner, PhD
02/14/2019 Breakups Can Impact You in More Ways Than You Think. Here's The Science Behind Why They Hurt So Much., ThisIsInsider.com, Kristin Bianchi, PhD and Shane Owens, PhD, ABPP
02/13/2019 Social Anxiety in the Digital Age, PsychologyToday.com, Stefan Hofmann, PhD and Franklin Schneier MD
02/13/2019 Exercise May Help to Fend Off Depression, NYTimes.com, Karmel Choi, PhD
Have you published a new book for consumers or professionals? Please let us know so we can highlight your new publication here and on the ADAA website.
ADAA is also interested in highlighting our members' research. Please send us your recent research news for us to post and share.
Depression and Anxiety, the official journal of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, is available online at no charge to ADAA members. The journal welcomes original research and synthetic review articles covering neurobiology (genetics and neuroimaging), epidemiology, experimental psychopathology, and treatment (psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic) aspects of mood and anxiety disorders, and related phenomena in humans. Per the ISI Journal Citation Reports Rankings for 2017, the Depression and Anxiety impact factor is 5.043. The journal ranks 19 of 142 in psychiatry journals; 8 of 77 in psychology journals; 5 of 121 for psychology clinical journals, and 15 of 139 for psychiatry social science journals. Google Scholar psychiatry journal ranking (spring 2017) ranked Depression and Anxiety No. 19 of 20.
Murray B. Stein, MD, MPH — Editor-in-Chief
Meet the Journal Editorial Board
February 2019 Issue — Volume 36, Issue 2
Focus On: Obsessions, Body Dysmorphia, and PTSD Potpourri
Intrinsic functional and structural connectivity of emotion regulation networks in obsessive‐compulsive disorder
Maria Picó‐Pérez, Jonathan Ipser, Paul Taylor, Pino Alonso, Clara López‐Solà, Eva Real, Cinto Segalàs, Annerine Roos, José M. Menchón, Dan J. Stein, Carles Soriano‐Mas
Intranasal oxytocin modulates higher order social cognition in body dysmorphic disorder
Angela Fang (ADAA Member), Elizabeth A. Lawson, Sabine Wilhelm
Developmental changes in resting‐state functional networks among individuals with and without internalizing psychopathologies
Katie L. Burkhouse (ADAA Member), Jonathan P. Stange (ADAA Member), Rachel H. Jacobs, Runa Bhaumik, Katie L. Bessette, Amy T. Peters, Natania A. Crane, Kayla A. Kreutzer, Kate Fitzgerald, Christopher S. Monk, Robert C. Welsh, K. Luan Phan, Scott A. Langenecker
Detecting PTSD in a traumatically injured population: The diagnostic utility of the PTSD Checklist for DSM‐5
Timothy J. Geier, Joshua C. Hunt, Lindsay D. Nelson, Karen J. Brasel, Terri A. deRoon‐Cassini
| || RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS|
The New York Times
Most American teenagers — across demographic groups — see depression and anxiety as major problems among their peers, a new survey by the Pew Research Center found.
The survey found that 70 percent of teenagers saw mental health as a big issue. Fewer teenagers cited bullying, drug addiction or gangs as major problems; those from low-income households were more likely to do so.
The consistency of the responses about mental health issues across gender, race and income lines was striking, said Juliana Horowitz, an associate director of research at the center.
Dissociative amnesia is a psychological disorder characterized by retrospective memory gaps which include the inability to recall personal information which might be related to a stressful or traumatic event. The symptoms can also be comorbid with a range of other disorders, including those experienced in obsessive-compulsive disorder and personality disorders. Treatments for dissociative amnesia aim to relieve symptoms, recover any lost memories, and deal with any issues surrounding the event that led to the development of the disorder. It is important to note that there is no single recommended treatment option, however, psychotherapy may be of benefit.
Newcastle University via EurekAlert!
Virtual reality has been shown to help children with autism, with nearly 45 percent remaining free from their fears and phobias six months after treatment. The Blue Room, developed by specialists at Newcastle University working alongside innovative technology firm Third Eye NeuroTech, allows the team to create a personalized 360 degree environment involving the fear which may debilitate the person with autism in real life.
The research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, was published Feb. 14 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Michigan State University via ScienceDaily
Of the four million prisoners released each year, 23 percent have suffered from major depressive disorder. Due to resource shortages, many go without adequate treatment while in prison. Oftentimes they rejoin society in worse mental shape than before their incarceration — which could be prevented with the right care. A team led by Michigan State University has found a cost-effective way to improve mental health in prisons.
Last year’s trend in Apple’s App Store was the rise of self-care apps, a phenomenon that’s in part fueled by the fact that mental disorders are on the rise. This is not because we’re all becoming a bunch of spineless pansies that can’t cope with the stress of all the first-world problems being thrown at us every day; it’s because things are more complicated these days. There are many biological, environmental and experiential factors contributing to mental disorders, some of which can even be economically and politically motivated. Furthermore, a lot of people in mental distress do not have the insurance coverage or the means to seek professional help, or they don’t want to.
About one in seven women experience depression during pregnancy or after childbirth, a new study says. And health officials think it's important to control the condition before it spirals out of control.
That's why new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force are calling on doctors to look for signs of perinatal depression during pregnancy and in mothers who just gave birth.
In patients with major depressive disorder and panic disorder, heart rate variability factors may predict therapeutic response, according to results published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Researchers studied HRV indexes of patients with both PD and MDD, in addition to healthy control patients, over a duration of 12 weeks.
When people think of hoarding, they often imagine people from the TV show Hoarders, who amass heaping piles of junk that they were never able to part ways with. But there is also a phenomenon called “digital hoarding,” where people can't get rid of digital items.
Some experts believe that digital hoarding may be harmful to your mental health.
Pot may be particularly dangerous for the teenaged brain, a new review suggests.
Not only were those who smoked marijuana more likely to suffer depression and suicidal thoughts, they were also more than three times as likely to attempt suicide between the ages of 18 and 32.
Last week a committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended in a 14-2 vote that the agency approve the use of a nasal spray form of esketamine (a specific type of ketamine) for the treatment of treatment-resistant depression and certain other types of depression.
Treatment-resistant depression is when clinical depression fails to respond to multiple (at least two) attempts to treat it with at least two different types of medications or psychotherapy over the course of a year or longer.
If the FDA ends up approving the drug — and we believe it will — the nasal spray will offer new hope for people with depression.
Lisa Drayer writes, "As a mother of two young girls, one of the things I care about most is staying in tune with my daughters' day-to-day social interactions, worries and concerns. My daughters attend a school in New York City where social and emotional health is a top priority, and I've learned a lot about how feeling confident and secure on the inside is a prerequisite not only for happiness but for academic success.
Through their school, I've had the opportunity to hear firsthand from experts such as Lisa Damour, who explained that stress and anxiety have skyrocketed in girls."
University at Buffalo via ScienceDaily
Decades of research into anxiety and depression have resulted in the development of models that help explain the causes and dimensions of the two disorders.
For all of their well-established utility however, these models measure differences between individuals and are derived from studies designed using few assessments that can be months or even years apart.
In other words, the models are highly informative, but not optimal for examining what's happening emotionally in a particular person from moment to moment.
Now, a University at Buffalo psychologist is extending that valuable research to repeatedly and frequently measure symptoms of specific individuals, in real time, to learn how immediate feelings relate to later symptoms.
New evidence suggests that even a small amount of exercise – 15 minutes of jogging a day, for example – could lower your risk of depression.
A recent study by Massachusetts General Hospital looked at more than 600,000 adults, assessing their genetic makeup, medical history and physical activity levels. Researchers determined that participants who were genetically more likely to exercise may be less likely to develop depression.
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