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The biggest topics, the greatest opportunities, the best people
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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.

Just a few reasons you'll want to be in Miami this year:
  • Learn about cutting-edge research from genetics . . . to PTSD among families after the Boston Marathon bombing . . . to suicide prevention and intervention.

  • Get up to speed on new techniques and treatments, including brief rapid treatment for anxiety disorders, compassion-focused therapy, treating children with autism spectrum disorder and much more.

  • Hear from (and mingle with) the very experts who wrote the textbooks and those who are changing the field today.

  • Discuss your most complex cases and treatments with colleagues who share your interests. Come away with fresh ideas and new friends.

  • If all of that's not enough, you can also earn CE (up to 28 credits) and CME. Plus, the conference is ABPN approved for MOC.
Are you ready to come HOME to the ADAA Conference? Head to the website to see more information on all the great sessions and to register today.
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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.

Evidence-based Treatment of Behavioral Insomnia of Childhood: From A to Zzzz
April 30 | Noon to 1 p.m. EDT
Candice Alfano, Ph.D.

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ADAA RESOURCES


Special DVD offer with CE credits
ADAA

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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Suicide Safe: The suicide prevention app for healthcare providers — free from SAMHSA
SAMHSA
Suicide Safe helps primary care and behavioral health providers feel confident to assist patients who present with suicidal ideation. The app offers tips on how to communicate effectively with patients and their families, determine appropriate next steps and make referrals to treatment and community resources. More app information here.
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UPCOMING EVENTS


The solution for those with crippling anxiety and OCD
ADAA
The solution for those with crippling anxiety and OCD

Special offer: good only through Tuesday, March 17.


Do you have clients who are always in crisis mode, jumping from therapist to therapist? Are they desperately seeking answers and relief?

We want to share case-study videos with you — on primary harmful mental obsessions, phobias and abandonment fears — available through PESI. They will walk you through the specific CBT skills that helped people overcome their anxiety disorders.

Learn how to master CBT and customize it for your population with PESI's new intensive online CBT certificate course, which includes live supervision. You'll learn how to become a skilled CBT expert to get the results you and your clients need.

Registration closes after Tuesday, March 17! Visit this page, and click the "Intensive CBT Course" link for more information.

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TAKING ACTION


Changing the story about mental healthcare in America
ADAA
Last week, in support of her Joining Forces initiative, the First Lady spoke at the launch of The Campaign To Change Direction, a nationwide effort to raise awareness around mental health in America. Spearheaded by Give an Hour and cosponsored by SAMHSA, the campaign is designed to change the story of mental health across the nation by urging all Americans to learn the five signs that someone might be in distress. Learn more about The Campaign To Change Direction.
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Tell Congress to support NIH funding for the BRAIN Initiative!
American Brain Coalition
Earlier this year, the administration called for an investment of $135 million in the National Institutes of Health for its contribution to the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative. The human brain was once thought to be so complex as to be beyond our ability to understand. Its 100 billion nerve cells and their 100 trillion connections to each other is almost unimaginable. But this initiative creates the opportunity to produce a clearer, dynamic picture of the brain that can demonstrate, for the first time, how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in time and space. This will require the development and use of technologies that do not presently exist. Send an action alert here.
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RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS


Depression during pregnancy linked to child's asthma risk
HealthDay News
Women who experienced depression while pregnant or took older antidepressants had an increased likelihood of having a child with asthma, according to a Danish study published in the journal Pediatrics. However, researchers found that the prenatal use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors was not associated with a higher risk of asthma in children.
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New therapy may treat PTSD and substance use disorders
The Medical News
A new cognitive behavioral therapy designed to treat both post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders is the focus of research at The University of Texas. The therapy, called Treatment of Integrated Post-traumatic Stress and Substance Use, was developed by Anka Vujanovic, Ph.D., who leads the health center's Trauma and Addiction Research Program.
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Depression slows perception of time, but can assess passage of minutes
Medical Daily
How does time flow through your life? At a constant pace or does it seem to creep through some experiences while speeding through others? A team of psychologists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz analyzed studies of time perception and discovered depressed people do feel time passes more slowly, yet their estimates when judging the duration of a specific interval (such as two seconds or two minutes) are just as accurate as those of healthy people.
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Genes may influence PTSD risk
Medical Daily
A new study makes good use of the most recent scientific advancements to gain a deeper understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder. Genetic analysis of blood helped a team of researchers identify biomarkers linked to PTSD, suggesting soon a test may predict those most susceptible to this disorder.
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The growing risk of suicide in rural America
The Atlantic
In rural America, where there are more guns, fewer people and fewer doctors than in the urban U.S., young people are at particular risk of suicide. A study published in JAMA Pediatrics analyzed suicides among people aged 10 to 24 between 1996 and 2010, and found that rates were nearly doubled in rural areas, compared to urban areas. While this gap existed in 1996 at the beginning of the data set, it widened over the course of this time period.
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Genetic breakthrough brings us closer to knowing who will get PTSD
Yahoo News
PTSD has been a consistent headline in the media due to its link with veteran suicides. Research estimates that one in five veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been diagnosed with PTSD — and veterans account for 20 percent of suicides in the U.S. But doctors and researchers hope that soon we will be able to use the science of genetics to make these numbers much lower — starting today.
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Behavior therapy helps more than drugs for dementia patients
National Public Radio
When we think of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, we think of the loss of memory or the inability to recognize familiar faces, places and things. But for caregivers, the bigger challenge often is coping with the other behaviors common in dementia: wandering, sleeplessness and anxiety or aggression. Using antipsychotic drugs to try to ameliorate these symptoms has been common. According to a report from the Government Accountability Office, one in three dementia patients in nursing homes receives antipsychotics.
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Stress, depression boost risks for heart patients
Reuters
For people with heart disease, high levels of stress coupled with depression increase the risk of heart attack and death, according to a new study. Researchers followed more than 4,400 people age 45 and older with coronary heart disease, a buildup of plaque in the arteries which is the most common form of heart disease.
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Psychological symptoms after blast injury may predict soldiers' disability
Medical Daily
A new study from Washington University in St. Louis finds military personnel who suffered a blast-related head injury were more likely to experience severe neurobehavioral, post-traumatic stress and depression symptoms. While this may not seem surprising, what is unexpected is that these psychological symptoms, when appearing within the first week of injury, were better predictors of later disability than the usual tests given to concussed patients immediately after an injury.
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Mood, anxiety disorders common in Tourette patients
University of California San Francisco
Nearly 86 percent of patients who seek treatment for Tourette syndrome will be diagnosed with a second psychiatric disorder during their lifetimes, and nearly 58 percent will receive two or more such diagnoses, according to a new study. It has long been known that TS, which emerges in childhood and is characterized by troublesome motor and vocal tics, is often accompanied by other disorders, especially attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
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Easing depression may boost heart health, study finds
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
A new study finds that treating depression with antidepressants may have an added bonus: reducing heart risks. "Screening and treatment of depressive symptoms should be a high priority" in heart patients, according to lead author Heidi May, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City.
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Effectiveness review of mindfulness
Department of Veterans Affairs
Investigators from the VA Evidence-Based Synthesis Program examined systematic reviews and RCTs on mindfulness-based interventions for various conditions, including issues common among Veterans such as PTSD and depression. Read the report.
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Anxious people more apt to make bad decisions amid uncertainty
Medical Xpress
Highly anxious people have more trouble deciding how best to handle life's uncertainties. They may even catastrophize, interpreting, say, a lovers' tiff as a doomed relationship or a workplace change as a career threat. In gauging people's response to unpredictability, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Oxford found that people prone to high anxiety have a tougher time reading the environmental cues that could help them avoid a bad outcome.
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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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