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With 150+ sessions, the 2015 Anxiety and Depression Conference is the most comprehensive meeting about science and practice in anxiety disorders, depression, OCD and PTSD. This conference will help you grow professionally, improve your practice, expand your network and help you continue to make the difference you set out to make. Register today!
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Q&A: What is residential treatment?
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ADAA asked two experts about residential treatment for OCD, OC-related disorders and other anxiety disorders. Bradley C. Riemann, Ph.D. (Clinical Director, OCD Center & CBT Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital) and Thröstur Björgvinsson, Ph.D. (Program Director, Houston OCD Program) answered a few questions.
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CE Credits
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New Professional Webinars
ADAA now offers monthly webinars, and you can earn 1 CE credit. Register online today for the March webinar.

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Jealousy
March 19
Noon to 1 p.m. EDT
Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D.

ADAA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education (CE) credits for psychologists, which are granted on a 1 credit per contract basis. The registration fee, $25 per credit for members and $49 per credit for nonmembers, includes one computer connection, PDF of slide presentation and one evaluation for a continuing education credit.

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ADAA RESOURCES


Focus on treatment
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In the March edition of Depression and Anxiety, leading experts describe and evaluate cognitive/behavioral, pharmacotherapeutic, psychosocial and psychotherapeutic treatment techniques for:
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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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TAKING ACTION


Celebrate ADAA. Add your voice
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Celebrate the 35th anniversary of ADAA. We need you to help spread our message. An ADAA photo mosaic will illustrate our community of clinicians, patients, researchers, students and caregivers. We will show how ADAA bridges the gap from bench to practice to community. Add your voice to our message.

Submit one photo with a brief caption (140 characters maximum) with your thoughts about the value of ADAA to your career, the advancement of science and research or our role in education and advocacy.

Please submit your photo and caption by Friday, March 6 to webfeatures@adaa.org.

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Access to mental healthcare
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Care for Your Mind provides simple steps for taking action to increase access to mental healthcare.
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UPCOMING EVENTS


Register today for ADHD Across the Life Span conference
ADAA
The Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy is pleased to invite ADAA members to register for its upcoming conference ADHD Across the Life Span, which takes place Friday-Sunday, March 20-22 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. This renowned conference provides mental health, primary care and pediatric clinicians with insights to optimize your assessment and treatment of patients with ADHD and impairments in working memory and processing speed. Register online with code ADAA to save $50 on tuition. See the agenda, faculty list and registration details at www.mghcme.org/adhd.
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Workshop: Introduction to Complicated Grief Treatment
ADAA
April 24, Columbia School of Social Work (New York)
Full-day introduction to complicated grief and complicated grief treatment
Sign up or learn more here or email Colleen Gribbin, Program Coordinator.

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Workshop: Complicated Grief Treatment Principles and Procedures
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June 5, Columbia School of Social Work (New York)
Two-day training in the core "signature" techniques used in complicated grief treatment
Sign up or learn more here or email Colleen Gribbin, Program Coordinator.

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RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS


Study links high benzodiazepine usage to mental health issues
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
A study in the journal Pain Medicine found patients taking benzodiazepines every day for chronic noncancer pain were more likely to have comorbid mental health issues and to use emergency health care. The study authors said the high benzodiazepine usage rates are "inconsistent with guidelines for the management of CNCP or chronic mental health conditions."
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Researchers use virtual reality to help heal PTSD
Guardian Liberty Voice
At the University of Central Florida, researchers are using virtual reality to help people with post-traumatic stress disorder. The technology is part of a type of trauma management therapy called exposure therapy. This type of therapy uses virtual reality software along with other types of technology to create a person's traumatic experience. After a person experiences the traumatic event over a long period of time, they can become desensitized to the distress the event causes and the effects it has on their everyday life.
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Study: Terminal cancer care should do more to treat depression
Reuters
Depression could be clouding the last 24 hours of life for a significant number of people with advanced cancer, pointing to a need for better — and earlier — psychological help, according to a large study from Norway. Although it's challenging to tease apart depression symptoms from the pain, fatigue and cognitive problems associated with end-stage cancer, more can be done to alleviate depression and anxiety, researchers said.
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Phone support can help ease postpartum depression
Reuters
Phone support can help ease postpartum depression, a small study suggests, offering an option for mothers who are unable or unwilling to seek therapy in person. In the study, women with postpartum depression received telephone counseling from other women who had previously suffered from the disorder and recovered. The new moms found that the conversations helped relieve symptoms.
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Treating depression without antidepressants
WebMD
There may be hope for hard-to-treat depression as scientists explore novel ways to help people who have the often crippling condition. Recently, a number of studies have suggested the benefits of Botox, ketamine and certain sometimes-unexpected means of treating depression.
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People diagnosed with depression more likely to commit a violent crime
Medical Daily
Evidence linking mental health issues to violence is often met with a great deal of skepticism and is generally considered a myth. Some statistics have even found that people suffering from a mental illness are actually 10 times more susceptible to be a victim of a violent crime. A recent study conducted at the University of Oxford has found people diagnosed with depression are three times more likely to commit a violent crime.
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New app helps monitor depression
Medical Xpress
Scientists from the University of Birmingham have developed an app that can measure the activity patterns of patients with depression and provide the necessary support. "MoodTraces" is a smartphone app designed to monitor and evaluate a person's mood and activities in real-time, allowing healthcare officers, doctors and charity workers to intervene when behaviors indicate a worsening depressive state.
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How to tell if it's seasonal depression or just a bad mood
The Huffington Post
It may be light out a little bit later now, but we're still in the last leg of winter. The frozen season often comes with a series of mood changes — but how do we know if what we're feeling is just the blues or something more serious? Approximately 10 million people in the United States are affected by seasonal affective disorder, a depression-related condition that generally occurs in the winter months (though not always). In most cases, symptoms appear in the late fall and last until around the first week of April.
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Detained children risk lifelong physical and mental harm
Medical Xpress
Many refugees and asylum seekers, including children, have experienced conflict, family separation and significant human rights violations, including torture, physical and sexual violence in their countries of origin and transit. These experiences increase the risk of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, which is exacerbated by the uncertainty and harsh conditions of detention. Stressors accumulate to cause mental distress; the more stress we add, the more we compound the problem.
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Diet may be as important to mental health as it is to physical health
The Huffington Post
We know that food affects the body — but could it just as powerfully impact the mind? While the role of diet and nutrition in our physical health is undeniable, the influence of dietary factors on mental health has been less considered. That may be starting to change. For the first time, the FDA's new dietary guidelines, announced recently, included a point considering the possible role of diet in mental health outcomes.
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Brain scans reveal why depressed people find it harder to shake rejection
Daily Mail
Rejected by a person you like? Common advice tells you to just "shake it off" and move on. But while that might work for some people, it may not be so easy for those with untreated depression, according to a new study of the brain. The pain of rejection, such as a breakup, lasts longer because the brain cells of people with depression release less of a natural pain and stress-reducing chemical called natural opioids.
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Anxiety and depression more common among smokers
Medical Xpress
While as many as one in three smokers think lighting up can relieve stress, new research shows that smokers are actually 70 percent more likely to say they are anxious or depressed than non-smokers. The UK study also found that levels of anxiety and depression reported by long-term ex-smokers were the same as those among people who had never smoked. Levels were also much lower than current smokers.
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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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