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ADAA announces awards for early career professionals, residents, trainees and students
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The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is now accepting applications for its 2015 Awards Program: Career Development Travel Awards, Career Development Leadership Program, Donald F. Klein Early Career Investigator Award and Clinician Trainee Award. Eligible applicants are graduate and medical students, residents, clinical trainees and early career professionals who have completed their training or degrees within the past three years and have an interest in pursuing careers focusing on anxiety disorders and depression. These awards engage aspiring professionals with ADAA through participation at the annual conference and a unique pairing of winners with a senior mentor from ADAA membership. They will be presented at the Anxiety and Depression Conference, April 9-12, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

Application Deadlines
  • Career Development Travel Awards: Nov. 7
  • Career Development Leadership Program: Nov. 20
  • Donald F. Klein Early Investigator Award: Nov. 20
  • Clinician Trainee Award: Nov. 20
Please visit the ADAA website for individual awards criteria and to apply by their respective deadlines.
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2015 ADAA annual conference — Anxiety and Depression: Translating Research, Innovating Practice
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Share it together ... Learn it together ... Change it together.
The sun is brighter in Miami
. Join us there April 9-12, for 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.

Why come? Because this is truly a unique space. 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. Register today.

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Join ADAA today!
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Join now! Become a member of ADAA and network with experts in anxiety disorders and depression, market your practice and receive discounts on continuing education.
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ADAA RESOURCES


Depression and Anxiety — the official journal of ADAA
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Depression and Anxiety recently published two new reports from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS)

The two reports showed that new soldiers and civilians do not differ in their probability of having at least one lifetime mental disorder but that some mental disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, conduct disorder) are more common among new soldiers than civilians. A significantly higher proportion of new soldiers than civilians also have a history of "high comorbidity." In addition, the rates of pre-enlistment suicidality among new soldiers are comparable to matched civilians.

Mark H. Pollack, M.D., President, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, comments, “We applaud the efforts of the investigators as well as sponsors at the ARMY and NIH of this critical study. Its findings underscore the importance of early identification of vulnerable, at-risk individuals pre-enlistment, as well as persistent efforts across the deployment cycle to reduce the negative impact of stressful experiences endemic to military service.”

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

1.5 CE credits available online from psychotherapy.net (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.

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Psychwire
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Please accept our invitation to join the Anxiety and Depression Network and follow the ADAA on Psychwire, a new social media site for researchers, practitioners and allied professionals of mental health and behavioral science.

Through its collaboration with Psychwire, ADAA connects its members to a very broad global community. Our goal is create a worldwide supportive forum of mental health professionals to share resources and promote lively discussion of the understanding, treatments and specific interventions involving anxiety and depression.

Thousands of mental health professionals — researchers and academics from highly respected institutions, thought leaders and clinicians — join Psychwire each month.

We'll post resources regularly that we think you’ll find useful.

It only takes 2-3 minutes to sign up.

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TAKING ACTION


Take a survey
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Mental health professionals and mobile apps

The purpose of this survey is to find out more about the attitudes of Mental Health Professionals towards the use of mobile mental health apps in clinical practice and also to learn whether some objective factors may influence these perceptions.

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HHS announces $840 million initiative to improve patient care and lower costs
SAMHSA
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new innovative model to support clinicians in achieving large-scale healthcare transformation. The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative will provide up to $840 million over the next 4 years to support 150,000 clinicians in sharing, adapting and further developing comprehensive quality improvement strategies, which are expected to lead to greater improvements in patient health and reduction in healthcare costs.
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RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS


Depression deconstructed in NIH study
HealthCanal
A drug being studied as a fast-acting mood-lifter restored pleasure-seeking behavior independent of — and ahead of — its other antidepressant effects, in a National Institutes of Health trial. Within 40 minutes after a single infusion of ketamine, treatment-resistant depressed bipolar disorder patients experienced a reversal of a key symptom — loss of interest in pleasurable activities — which lasted up to 14 days. Brain scans traced the agent’s action to boosted activity in areas at the front and deep in the right hemisphere of the brain.
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Depression plus ADHD linked to increased risk of bipolar disorder
medwireNews
The risk of conversion to bipolar disorder was 1.5 times greater in young people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and major depression compared with those with depression alone, according to a study in the journal Bipolar Disorders. Anxiety problems, disruptive behaviors and substance and alcohol abuse were also risk factors for conversion from major depression to bipolar disorder, researchers said.
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More evidence exercise may help fight depression
HealthDay News via WebMD
Physically active people are less likely to show signs of depression, a new study finds. And exercise can help improve mood in people who already feel depressed, but there's a catch: depressive symptoms appear to be a barrier to physical activity, the British researchers said.
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B-vitamins can help beat depression
HealthCanal
Supplementing current anti-depressant medication with B vitamins improves response to treatment, according to a study by researchers at The University of Western Australia. Results published recently in the British Journal of Psychiatry show that using vitamin B12 and folate every day for at least a year can enhance the effectiveness of anti-depressant treatment, and helps prevent relapse of major depression in middle-aged and older adults.
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Study reveals depressed individuals look to the future for hope
Science World Report
Dealing with the trauma of depression can provide what might seem like a constant and never-ending battle of doom. Yet for many, optimistic attitudes are enough to keep them going and on into a bright future with loved ones, support and various treatments. "It turns out that even clinically depressed individuals are also characterized by the belief that one's life in the future will be more satisfying than one's past and current life," said psychological scientist and lead study author Michael Busseri of Brock University in Canada.
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Some over-the-counter meds may help reduce depression symptoms
PsychCentral
A review of studies of more than 6,000 patients suggests ordinary over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs may aid in the treatment of depression, when taken in combination with antidepressants. The meta-analysis, recently published in JAMA Psychiatry, is the work of researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark.
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Yoga helps war veterans get a handle on their PTSD
The Washington Post
It’s no secret that yoga can aid mental well-being. What is more, it can help soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to new research. In a new study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, researchers say that yoga can be used to bring better mental balance.
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Heightened risk of anxiety, depression among women after heart attack
Medical News Today
A new study by researchers from Lithuania claims women are more likely to experience anxiety and depression following a heart attack than men. Furthermore, patients with depression may be at much higher risk of death in the 6 months after a heart attack than those without depression.
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Study probes biochemical basis for seasonal depression
PsychCentral
As the days get shorter, for many the risk of depression increases. New research from the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference in Berlin confirms why some people suffer from the winter blues while others get through the winter without any problems. The new study from scientists at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark finds that people with seasonal affective disorder show significant seasonal differences in the way they regulate the neurotransmitter serotonin in comparison to the majority of the population.
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New study says 'therapy dogs' can help college students deal with anxiety
ANI via Daily News Analysis
A new study has revealed that animal-assisted therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and loneliness among college students. According to researchers at Georgia State University, Idaho State University and Savannah College of Art and Design, there was a 60 percent decrease in self-reported anxiety and loneliness symptoms following animal-assisted therapy, in which a registered therapy dog was under the supervision of a licensed mental health practitioner.
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Largest study of Hispanics/Latinos finds depression and anxiety rates vary widely among groups
Science Codex
Rates of depression and anxiety vary widely among different segments of the U.S. Hispanic and Latino population, with the highest prevalence of depressive symptoms in Puerto Ricans, according to a new report from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. The researchers' findings also suggest that depression and anxiety may be under-treated among Hispanics and Latinos, particularly if they are uninsured. The study was published online in Annals of Epidemiology.
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People with stress-related inflammation more likely to suffer from depression
ANI via Deccan Chronicle
A new study has indicated that stress-related inflammation might lead to an increase in the risk of depression. The study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai showed that preexisting differences in the sensitivity of a key part of each individual's immune system to stress confer a greater risk of developing stress-related depression or anxiety.
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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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