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Jan. 6, 2015

2015 ADAA annual conference — Anxiety and Depression: Translating Research, Innovating Practice
April 9-12

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.

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Workshop on April 9
Changing the Anxious Mind — Rapidly — Reid Wilson, Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Reid Wilson, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, author and anxiety expert, will provide an advanced workshop that outlines and demonstrates a rapid-gain treatment model for panic disorder, social anxiety, phobias and OCD. Earn 6 CE credits. More

Continuing education for psychiatrists
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) has approved the 2015 ADAA annual conference as part of a comprehensive CME program, which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of Maintenance of Certification. This activity is approved for up to a maximum of 29.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credit.

The ABPN has also approved three self-assessment activities for psychiatrists at the 2015 Anxiety and Depression Conference:


Join ADAA today!
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. More

The Cutting Edge — tactics of the war on suicide
Depression & Anxiety — The official journal of ADAA
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has evolved a three-point strategy that covers research, prevention and support to reduce the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025. More

Special DVD offer

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

1.5 CE credits available online from (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. More

Study says IBD activity linked to depression severity
For inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients, depressive severity was most associated with disease activity and quality of life, University of Pittsburgh researchers reported at the 2014 Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases conference. The data showed suicide was more associated with depression severity instead of IBD activity. More

Combined PTSD, brain injury in veterans tied to poorer outcome
War veterans suffering from both post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) have poorer cognitive and psychological outcomes than veterans with only one of the conditions, according to new research published in the Journal of Neurotrauma. The findings also suggest that mTBI alone may lead to ongoing, mild cognitive challenges for some patients.More

Could probiotics help ease anxiety and depression?
Live Science via CBS News
The plethora of microbes living in the human gut not only affect people's physical health, they may also influence mental health, according to a growing body of research. Recent studies in animals show that changes in the gut bacteria community appear to make mice less anxious, and also affect levels of the stress hormone cortisol.More

Music training may improve attention, cut kids' anxiety
Musical training may help children focus their attention, control their emotions and lower their anxiety, according to a new study by psychiatrists at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The study is the largest investigation of the link between playing a musical instrument and brain development, according to the authors. More

Despite risks, benzodiazepine use highest in older people
National Institute of Mental Health
Prescription use of benzodiazepines — a widely used class of sedative and anti-anxiety medications — increases steadily with age, despite the known risks for older people, according to a comprehensive analysis of benzodiazepine prescribing in the U.S. Given existing guidelines cautioning health providers about benzodiazepine use among older adults, findings from the National Institutes of Health-funded study raise questions about why so many prescriptions — many for long-term use — are being written for this age group.More

Workplace bullying leads to depression, other illnesses
Safety+Health Magazine
Workplace bullying can lead to depression and other illnesses, two separate studies recently concluded. Workplace harassment victims suffer stress, loss of sleep, depression and anxiety, according to a study published Nov. 16, in the Journal of Community Health. Researchers from Ball State University analyzed 17,542 people who participated in a 2010 national survey. More

Study finds terrorism fears may shorten your life
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Long-term fear of terrorists may damage your heart and increase your risk for an early death, a new study from Israel suggests. Conducted by researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the study involved 17,300 Israelis. "We wanted to test whether fear of terrorism can predict an increase in pulse rate and increased risk of death," study author Hermona Soreq, a professor of molecular neuroscience, said in a university news release.More

Transcranial direct current stimulation can help modify attention to threat
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a painless treatment strategy that uses weak electrical currents to deliver targeted stimulation to the brain via electrodes placed on the scalp. tDCS has shown promise in treating mood, anxiety, cognition and some symptoms of Parkinson's disease. More

Study suggests depression can be caused by burnout
Headlines & Global News
A study conducted by City College of New York psychology Professor Irvin Schonfeld in the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership connects burnout and depression, according to PsyPost. Over 5,500 school teachers were evaluated for burnout. Of those identified as burned out, 90 percent also met diagnostic standards for depression. Atypical depression was identified in 63 percent of those participants with major depression.More

Service dogs can reduce PTSD symptoms in veterans
Service dogs can significantly reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression in veterans, according to the preliminary findings of a Kaiser Permanente study. The dogs were also found to improve veterans’ relationships and lower their substance abuse.More

Parent's suicide attempt makes child's much more likely
HealthDay News
When a parent has a history of attempting suicide, the odds of a suicide attempt in their child rises fivefold, compared to the offspring of people without such histories, a new study finds. Reporting in the Dec. 30, online edition of JAMA Psychiatry, researchers led by Dr. David Brent of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center tracked more than 700 young and adult-aged children of 334 parents with mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder.More

Mother's depression when children are young llnked to risky teen behaviors
The Science Times
According to a new Canadian study, having a depressed mother during elementary or middle school increases the likelihood that a child will engage in risky behaviors like drinking and smoking during the teen years. The study, which followed nearly 3,000 children since their formative toddler years, demonstrated that not only were children with depressed mothers likely to engage in risky behavior, but also were more likely to start risky health behaviors earlier in their adolescence that other children.More

End of life planning does not cause anxiety or hopelessness in cancer patients
Medical Daily
For a small group of advanced cancer patients, using an online tool for learning about end-of-life medical decisions and developing an advance directive document did not lead to psychological distress, according to a new study. “One thing we noticed is that many patients with advanced cancer had not had these conversations,” said lead author Dr. Michael J. Green of the humanities and medicine departments at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania.More