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ADAA Members Are Answering the Call
A big part of ADAA’s mission has always been to provide access to evidence-based research and treatment information to the public at no cost. Now more than ever, as COVID-19 takes a toll on the world’s mental health, these resources are critical.
ADAA members have lent their expertise in a huge way by hosting webinars, authoring blog posts, and providing useful tips and information in numerous media placements. ADAA is extremely grateful for our members commitment to and support of our mission. Please make sure you continue to alert ADAA when you are quoted in the media or if you would like to work with ADAA on blog posts or webinars.
Stay engaged with ADAA on social media! We encourage you to follow us on all our platforms and share/retweet ADAA posts with your networks.
An ADAA Member’s Experience With COVID-19
Stephanie Woodrow, LPC, NCC
"The night of Sunday, April 19, I stayed home with my dog Ritz watching TV and eating takeout from one of my favorite restaurants. Later that night I became very ill — surprising, because I’d been eating at that place for a decade without issue. When my alarm went off Monday morning, I felt terrible and my temperature was 100.9°. When Ritz and I take our morning walk we usually go two to three miles, and Sunday had been no exception, but Monday morning I struggled to make it 100 feet. I knew something was wrong."
Read more of Stephanie’s blog post, Flipping the Script: How Becoming a COVID-19 Patient Challenged My Skills as an Anxiety Therapist.
Thank you for sharing your story with our public and professional communities, Stephanie. As of this printing, Stephanie is now home from the hospital. Everyone at ADAA wishes you a speedy and complete recovery.
Support ADAA on #GivingTuesdayNow
#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place TODAY, Tuesday, May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec. 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. During this pandemic, ADAA is a critical resource for millions - providing free access to evidence-based public education information such as blog posts, webinars and media articles, guidance on teletherapy treatment options, and updating our conoravirus and managing anxiety website resource page daily.
Click here to make your #GivingTuesdayNow contribution today!
Buying A lot More on Amazon While Quarantined?
Did you know that when you shop on Amazon you can also support ADAA year-round by selecting us as your charity of choice? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support ADAA every time you shop — at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com with the added bonus that Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charity you select - ADAA! Select ADAA on AmazonSmile and support our work to #breakthestigma around mental health issues with every item you purchase (yes – even toilet paper – if you can find it!)
|ADAA Professional Education
ADAA offers a variety of webinars for mental health professionals. Most ADAA professional webinars offer CE/CME and AWSB credits. Sign up today to make sure you don’t miss out on these educational opportunities.
NEXT LIVE WEBINAR! Race, Stress, and Black Mother and Infant Mortality: Emotional Health Matters
Presented by Angela Neal-Barnett, PhD and Christin Farmer Kane, BA
Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST
Within the United States, Black maternal and infant mortality has reached alarming rates. Black mothers and infants are 2.5 times more likely to die than their white counterparts. The major contributing factor is stress, particularly stress produced by structural racism. In this webinar led by a clinical psychological scientist and community-based doula, we present an overview of the role of race-related stress in Black maternal and infant mortality. We examine the psychosocial and biological data on its impact on mothers and babies. We present evidence on how stress is viewed by various groups of expectant and post-partum Black mothers. Barriers to implement stress and anxiety interventions with this population are discussed. Finally, we present data on our culturally-relevant community-engaged partnership to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety on expectant Black mothers.
Treating Anxiety and Depression in Gender Diverse Populations
Presented by Lauren Wadsworth, PhD
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST
Gender diverse children, teens, and adults are becoming increasingly comfortable coming out and expressing their gender identities. As clinicians we need to meet this social change with an increase in our cultural humility and competency working with individuals who identify as gender minorities/gender diverse/rising gender identities. We must become more practiced with the vocabulary surrounding gender identity and increase our comfort discussing the social impacts of expressing a stigmatized identity. Gender diverse individuals face unique stressors, paired with increased risk for developing anxiety and depression. This webinar will discuss population specific components of anxiety and depression development (e.g. role of stigma, coming out), and will provide tangible ways to provide more accurate and affirming research, and/or more culturally informed therapy.
Anxiety and Depression Treatment for Immigrant, Refugee, and Asylee Clients
Presented by Rachel Singer, PhD
Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST
This webinar will provide an overview of strategies for integrating multiculturally competent strategies into evidence-based treatment of anxiety and depression for immigrants, refugees, and asylees. Specific tools for addressing barriers to treatment and incorporating resources will also be addressed. Discussion will focus on strategies for conceptualizing and treating clients from a systemic perspective. This training will also include case application and discussion of practical tools. Participants will have an opportunity for discussion and questions.
ON DEMAND RECORDINGS ELIGIBLE FOR CE/CME - NEW RECORDINGS COMING SOON!
Just posted! Distinguishing Suicidal Ideation from Intrusive Self-Harm OCD
Presented by Mike Heady, MA
Telehealth for Evidence-Based Treatments: Clinical & Ethical Applications
Presented by Rachel Busman, PsyD and Jami M. Furr, PhD
Putting the Cardi B in CBT: Using Stars, Sports, Star Wars, Superheroes, and Pop Culture to Make Therapy Accessible & Fun for Anxious Youth
Presented by Sandra S. Pimentel, PhD – Eligible for 1 CE/CME credit
Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment Resistant Depression
Presented by Paul Holtzheimer, MD – Eligible for 1 CE/CME credit
Resisting Myths and Reducing Shame: Understanding the Impact of Rape Culture on the Prevalence of Sexual Assault within the African American Community
Presented by Carmel Browne, LCSW – Eligible for 1 CE/CME credit
State of the Science: Interventions for Anxiety in Older Adults
Presented by Julie Wetherell, PhD, ABPP – Eligible for 1 CE/CME credit
ON DEMAND RECORDINGS WITHOUT CE/CME CREDITS – NEW RECORDINGS COMING SOON!
Just Posted! ADAA’s 2-Part Special Series: Part One Mental Health on the Frontlines of COVID-19
Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP
Engaging Children and Teens in Telemental Health
Mary Karapetian Alvord, PhD
Keep Calm and Carry On: Clinical Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Karen Cassiday, PhD, ACT
View a full list of all ADAA on-demand webinars.
Interested in presenting a professional webinar? Click here to download the ADAA Webinar Interest Form or contact Lise Bram (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Roberto Goris Torres
We encourage all of our new members to join the new ADAA online member community, SocialLink, today to start connecting!
ADAA Members Offer New Framework for Mental Health Response to COVID-19
The Phased Approach to COVID-19 Mental Health Response (PAC) is a framework for COVID-19 mental health response developed by ADAA members Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP, Naomi Simon, MD, MSc, and Barbara Rothbaum, PhD, ABPP to aid in responding to and planning for mental health impacts of the current pandemic. The framework attempts to provide key directions on the required response over time as this will likely be an ongoing stressor for coming months and across the wide range and severity of impact. The framework aims to concisely summarize points for program design and point to available protocols and resources when available. For specific areas where previous resources have not been specified, they relied on evidence informed practice to create brief interventions (mask desensitization, self-directed difficult experience exposure, and assessment protocol with brief intervention for a MH provider). The authors intend that this framework will be updated as we learn more about COVID-19 mental health response and new resources become available.
An accompanying free webinar discussing the key points of the framework will be recorded this week. Don’t miss part one of this two-part free webinar series - ADAA’s 2-Part Special Series: Mental Health on the Frontlines of COVID-19.
Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP
“I joined ADAA in my first year as a professional psychologist as the organization was a good fit for my budding academic medical career. ADAA was the exceptional organization that included mental health professional from all types of practice as well as patients and their families. The goal to push science, practice, and recovery was wholly in line with my perspective. The Scientific preconference had a very good reputation for providing the highest quality of scientific research on anxiety disorders and the quality spilled over into the conference.
“The multidisciplinary atmosphere of the organization that provides space and value to all scientific practice to support those suffering with mental health issues.
“ADAA helps me to get out of my comfort zone to see what is happening in the larger mental health field. As a clinical researcher, I can easily get stuck in my perspective and people who practice in the same way as me. ADAA gives me connections to very different type of providers and practices while staying evidence based."
Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine. She led design and now serves as Deputy Director of the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program and Director of Mental Health Research and Program Evaluation at the VA Atlanta Healthcare System. Dr. Rauch has been developing programs, conducting research and providing PTSD and Anxiety Disorders treatment for over 20 years. Her research focuses on examination of mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of PTSD and improving access to effective interventions. She is an author of the new Prolonged Exposure manual to be released by Oxford University Press in August of 2019. She is a fellow of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT), was granted membership in the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Scientific Council of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Dr. Rauch recently received the Mark and Barbara Klein Distinguished Professorship in Mind-Body Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine. This award is both an honor and an opportunity to move her work on the physical health impact of trauma forward.
New ADAA Member Webinars and Blog Posts
Experiencing Financial Stress Due to COVID-19? Learn Stress-Relieving Tips from Anxiety and Financial Experts (public blog post)
Featuring Debra Kissen, PhD, MHSA, Kristina Caragiulo and Nick Cosky
The Pandemic Parenting Guide: How to Improve Your Child/Teen’s (and Your Own) Emotional Well-Being in Times of COVID-19 (public blog post)
by Richa Bhatia, MD, FAPA
Flipping the Script: How Becoming a COVID-19 Patient Challenged My Skills as an Anxiety Therapist (public/professional blog post)
by Stephanie Woodrow, LCPC, NCC
Is Watching the News Making Your Anxiety Worse? Tips for Staying Informed and Managing Anxiety (public blog post)
by Jackie Bullis, PhD
Tips for Building Resilience in Students and Early Career Professionals During COVID-19 (professional blog post)
by Krystal Lewis, PhD, Ashley Clausen, PhD, Alex Bettis, PhD, and Amanda Baker, PhD
ADAA Member News and Publications
New! The Anxiety Skills Workbook
by Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D., New Harbinger Publications, 2020
New! Your Anxiety Beast and You – a Compassionate Guide to Living in an Increasingly Anxious World
by Eric Goodman, PhD, Exisle Publishing, 2020
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.
|ADAA Members in the Media — Recent Articles
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).
05/02/2020 Social Media and COVID-19, RutlandHerald.com, Debra Kissen, PhD
May 2020 The Anxious Child and the Crisis of Modern Parenting - How to Raise a Resilient Child in 2020, The Atlantic.com, Eli Lebowitz,PhD, Myrna Weissman, PhD
05/01/2020 COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE - Impact of Social Isolation, North State Public Radio, Joel Minden, PhD
05/01/2020 Yes, We All Have Quarantine Fatigue. No, That Doesn't Mean You Can Go Out, HuffingtonPost.com, Shane Owens, PhD, ABPP
April 2020 6 Ways to Boost Your Resilience During the Pandemic, Sharecare.com, Mary Alvord, PhD
April 2020 6 ‘Retro’ Hobbies Making a Comeback During COVID-19 Lockdown, Mary Alvord, PhD
04/30/2020 Chest Pain: Is It Anxiety, a Heart Attack, or COVID-19?, PracticalPainManagement.com, Rich Bhatia, MD
04/30/2020 The Blessing of an Anxiety Disorder: Perhaps for the first time in history, it is perfectly normal to struggle with our mental health, Prevention.com, David Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP
04/29/2020 15 Stress-Reducing Activities You Can Do at Home, According to Experts, Debra Kissen, PhD
04/27/2020 Could therapy ease your coronavirus stress? How to decide, what to expect and where to find it, Washington Post, written by Jelena Kecmanovic, PhD and Sandra Pimentel, PhD is quoted
04/27/2020 Let Your Kids Know How Stressed You Are: Whether you’re anxious about Covid-19 or something else, it’s best to fess up, Elemental.Medium.com, Mary Alvord, PhD
04/28/2020 What is OCD? Symptoms, causes, and treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder, Insider.com, Roseann Capanna-Hodge, EdD., LPC, BCN, LLC
04/27/2020 How to keep your kids physically and mentally afloat during quarantine, Today.com, Roseann Capanna-Hodge, EdD., LPC, BCN, LLC
04/27/2020 Lethargic global response to COVID-19: How the human brain’s failure to assess abstract threats cost us dearly, TheConversation.com, Arash Javanbakht MD
04/26/2020 How to Be More Resilient in a Crisis: A Navy SEAL psychologist and a family psychology expert share the secret to becoming a more resilient person, Fatherly.com, Mary Alvord, PhD
04/26/2020 Your Video Therapist Will See You Now: Sessions have gone virtual amid the coronavirus pandemic, raising new challenges, Wall Street Journal, Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP, Mary Alvord, PhD, Lynn Bufka, PhD, Rachel Busman, PsyD, ABPP and
04/25/2020 Living With Elderly Parents – The Caring Generation®, PamWilsonShow.com, Ruth Lippin, LCSW, JD
04/25/2020 Some LGBTQ Youth Find Hard Times At Home, NPR.org, Mary Alvord, PhD
04/23/2020 Is It OK to Have Good Days During the Pandemic?, Advice.ShineText.com, Krystal Lewis, PhD
04/23/2020 E&T follows up on its technology and mental health feature by speaking to Dr. Stephen Schueller Ph.D, executive director of Psyberguide, Stephen Schueller, PhD
04/21/2020 How I am Fighting Anxiety During Coronavirus, Refinery29, Amy Przeworski, PhD
04/21/2020 Expert Roundup: Mental Health Support, Isolation Coping Tips, Working from Home, CommercialCafe.com, Mary Alvord, PhD
04/21/2020 17 Super-Simple Ways To Relieve Stress *Immediately*, WomensHealth.com, Kevin Chapman, PhD
04/21/2020 How New York is battling a second crisis alongside COVID-19: Mental health, MarketWatch.com, Simon Rego, PsyD
04/20/2020 Leading sports psychologists on the role golf can play in a crisis, GolfDigest.com, Kevin Chapman, PhD
04/20/2020 COVID-19 Crisis Takes A Toll On Americans' Mental Health, NPR.org, Roy Perlis, MD
04/20/2020 How to Talk to Kids During COVID-19 Isolation, Smerconish.com, Shane Owens, PhD
04/19/2020 Parents' stress levels spike as pandemic drags on, Axios.com, Mary Alvord, PhD
04/18/2020 Could You Get PTSD from your Pandemic Experience? The Long-term Mental health Effects of Coronavirus, CNBC.com, Luana Marques, PhD
04/17/2020 Quarantine survival tips for extroverts and perfectionists — and those who live with them, WashingtonPost.com, Jelena Kecmanovic, PhD
04/17/2020 ‘The most stressful time ever’: how coronavirus affects children’s mental health, TheGuardian.com, Mary Alvord, PhD
04/16/2020 If you wash your hands a lot, it doesn’t mean you’re ‘so OCD.’ Here’s what it’s really like to have it, WashingtonPost.com, John Chamberlain, PhD
04/16/2020 Coronavirus is causing a mental health crisis. Here’s how to fight it, Vox.com, Arash Javanbakht, MD
04/15/2020 What Happens To Your Body When You Are Unemployed, HuffingtonPost.com, Kristin Bianchi, PhD
04/12/2020 Making Sense of Anxiety About Everything, and Nothing, PsychologyToday.com, Joel Minden, PhD
04/08/2020 25 Dangerous Myths About Your Body You Need to Stop Believing, BestLifeonLine.com, Roseann Capanna-Hodge,EdD., LPC, BCN, LLC
04/01/2020 How to Set Up At-Home Learning Spaces for Your Kids During the Coronavirus Outbreak, Yahoo.com, Roseann Capanna-Hodge,EdD., LPC, BCN, LLC
03/30/2020 Feeling overwhelmed? Approach coronavirus as a challenge to be met, not a threat to be feared, TheConversation.com, Bethany Teachman, PhD
03/29/2020 Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone, CNN.com, Kristin Bianchi, PhD
03/25/2020 Grieving in the midst of the coronavirus — what to know and how to help others, Marketplace.com, Kristin Bianchi, PhD
Join ADAA’s Telemental Health Directory
With people remaining at home during the COVID-19 outbreak, telemental health options are increasingly important. In addition to our Find-a-Therapist directory, ADAA offers a Telemental Health Directory open to all ADAA members at no additional cost.
It is easy to be added to the directory. Simply complete ADAA’s Telemental Health form and upload it to your member profile. Once complete, semail us at email@example.com and you’ll be added to the directory. To access the form, log into your member profile here and click of the “Quick Links” drop down menu. From there, select the Telemental Health form option.
If you have questions about ADAA’s therapist directories, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Conference Research Poster Presenter Abstracts Now Online
ADAA is delighted to partner with Wiley – the publishers of ADAA’s on-line Depression and Anxiety Journal – to feature all accepted 2020 research posters on the Journal’s website. This is the first time that we have collaborated with our Journal publishers to highlight our conference research poster abstracts and we’re excited to be able to offer this opportunity for poster presenters to share their research.
SAVE THE DATE FOR ADAA 2021
#ADAA2021 – Resilience and Recovery: From Research to Practice – will take place March 18-21, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. Plan now to join your colleagues for more than 140 cutting-edge conference sessions, special events, and unique networking opportunities.
The submissions and registration portal will open this summer. Stay tuned for more information.
Visit ADAA’s conference webpage for more information as it becomes available and to sign-up for conference updates.
ADAA Celebrates 40 Years
With the world in quarantine this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, ADAA is particularly proud to be celebrating 40 years of providing a professional home for our multidisciplinary membership and working collaboratively to help the millions of people who struggle every day with anxiety disorders and/or depression find help and hope. During this difficult time, we stand strong and committed to continuing to provide free cutting-edge evidence-based treatment and research information to the global public community.
To learn more about ADAA’s first 40 years, please visit our dedicated webpage.
ADAA’s COVID-19 Virus Resource Page
ADAA understands that for many the current coronavirus outbreak is triggering increased anxiety - especially with such heightened media attention.
Visit ADAA’s resource page - updated daily - to provide helpful tips and strategies from our ADAA members. Please share this resource with your colleagues and with your clients who may be struggling with anxiety around the coronavirus or with general health anxiety concerns. The ADAA blog posts and videos contain information many need to know about the virus and helpful tips about how to mitigate against increased anxiety.
ADAA has seen tremendous website traffic (it is now our 2nd most visited website page) and media attention directed to this valuable resource. If you have blogs, webinars, podcasts, or other media articles you would like ADAA to include on our resource page, please email Lise Bram.
|Depression and Anxiety Journal News
Volume 37, Issue 4
FOCUS ON: Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Home‐based delivery of variable length prolonged exposure therapy: A comparison of clinical efficacy between service modalities
Leslie A. Morland, Margaret‐Anne Mackintosh, Lisa H. Glassman, Stephanie Y. Wells, Steven R. Thorp, Sheila A. M. Rauch (ADAA Board Member), Phillippe B. Cunningham, Peter W. Tuerk, Kathleen M. Grubbs, Shahrokh Golshan, Min Ji Sohn, Ron Acierno
Evidence‐based psychotherapy trends among posttraumatic stress disorder patients in a national healthcare system, 2001–2014
Shira Maguen PhD, Nicholas Holder PhD, Erin Madden MPH, Yongmei Li PhD, Karen H. Seal MD, Thomas C. Neylan MD, Callan Lujan MA, Olga V. Patterson PhD, Scott L. DuVall PhD, Brian Shiner MD
Increased activation of the fear neurocircuitry in children exposed to violence
Sanne J. H. van Rooij (ADAA 2020 Donald F. Klein First-Place Awardee and ADAA Member), Ryan D. Smith, Anaïs F. Stenson, Timothy D. Ely, Xinyi Yang, Nim Tottenham, Jennifer S. Stevens (ADAA Member), Tanja Jovanovic (ADAA Board Member)
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. A priority is placed on papers focusing on treatment, as well as those providing cutting-edge reviews of key areas and issues, in order to enhance the clinical evaluation and care of individuals struggling with the effects of these disorders. All submissions are peer-reviewed; there is no handling or publishing fee.
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 #19 of 20.
Murray B. Stein, MD, MPH - Editor-in-Chief
Meet the Journal Editorial Board
Interested in submitting an article? View the Depression and Anxiety Submissions Guidelines.
Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin hosting webinar on the after-effects of COVID-19
The threat from COVID-19 reaches far beyond our physical health, social lives and economy. Anxiety, trauma and depression are natural responses to stress and uncertainty, and mental health experts are bracing for impact. Together with Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Frances Champagne, Ph.D., and Robert Messing, M.D., this webinar will examine current mental health trends and how COVID-19 is affecting people with preexisting conditions, populations at risk, and those working on the front line.
COVID-19 After-Effects: Mitigating the Next Epidemic
Thursday, May 7, 2020 (register by May 6, 2020)
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Child Mind Institute and Parents Magazine Survey on COVID-19 Experiences
The Child Mind Institute and Parents magazine want to listen and learn from your experience surrounding the COVID-19 virus. Share your thoughts — including fears, frustrations, and hopes — as an audio or video recording. It is confidential. And if you choose to contribute your recording to science, it will help us find the best ways to provide support to families.
NIH Survey on Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare Workers
NIH is inviting healthcare workers to participate in a study to learn about how stressors related to the COVID-19 virus affect mental health over time. The survey will ask you to complete questionnaires about COVID-19, mental health symptoms, and stress using the study website.
Please share this survey with your networks. Or click here to complete the survey.
The American Psychological Foundation Scholarship and Grant Opportunities
The American Psychological Foundation has several Scholarship and Grant opportunities available with deadlines approaching soon. Visit their website for more information. Opportunities include:
Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship: $5,000
Due May 15, 2020
The APF Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship supports graduate-level scholarly projects that use a
psychological perspective to help understand and reduce stigma associated with mental illness.
APF/ Society for General Psychology Mary Whiton Calkins Grant: $4,000
Due May 31, 2020
One grant of $1,500-$4,000 to support faculty who teach at primarily undergraduate serving
institutions and who identify undergraduate education as their primary focus.
Sharon Stephens Brehm Undergraduate Psychology Scholarships: $5,000
Due July 1, 2020
The Sharon Stephens Brehm Undergraduate Psychology Scholarships will recognize outstanding
psychology undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need.
The Division of Digital Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center creates tool rating & displaying mental health apps with transparency: A one-stop site to find an app that meets your needs
During these uncertain times, individuals worldwide are increasingly turning to smartphones for mental health support. Video chatting, telehealth visits, and crisis hotline texts are all on the rise. So too is the use of mental health apps, which offer a range of features for self-management and connection, from CBT and mood tracking to peer support. But with the estimated 10,000 available mental health apps, how do you choose the right one that meets your needs? And with the many risks — like lack of data security and unsubstantiated claims of effectiveness — that apps may carry, how do you make sure that the app you choose is safe and effective? While app store metrics like stars, number of downloads, and qualitative reviews can provide some insight, they don’t necessarily indicate clinical utility or usability. And although there are numerous different app evaluation frameworks, these measures are not standardized or up to date, making it difficult for a user to parse the subjective metrics and actually find a relevant app.
That’s why we’ve developed a database of mental health apps where users can sort through an extensive list of mental health apps and find ones that suit their needs and desires. Each app’s entry in the database is informed by a set of objective questions that align with the APA App Evaluation model: app raters contribute to the database by answering over 100 objective questions about the app across the areas of Accessibility, Privacy & Security, Clinical Foundation, Features & Engagement Style, and Interoperability. Ultimately, we aim to provide a tool that helps individuals harness the potential of mental health apps in the context of their own preferences, personal background, and clinical needs.
Our database is totally open, and we invite collaboration and crowd-sourcing: the app rating consists of objective questions that require just a short training to answer. If you are interested more in contributing to the database as an app rater, please do not hesitate to reach out!
| || RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS|
Children who were living through isolation and school closures after the COVID-19 outbreak in China experienced significantly higher rates of depression and anxiety symptoms, according to a new survey.
The data were based on calls with students living in two cities in Hubei province. They shed light on some of the side effects of closing schools amid the ongoing pandemic.
Shayla Love writes, "At the end of March, the Wall Street Journal published an opinion article from a Stanford professor of psychiatry titled: 'We All Need OCD Now.' He wrote that one of his patients with OCD didn't need the push from a viral pandemic to practice good hand-washing habits, nor to be careful of contamination from surfaces and inanimate objects. The article ticked off a lot of people who actually have OCD—myself included—whose anxieties are not a boon, but have interfered substantially with daily life, disrupting work, travel, and our personal lives."
The disruptions in daily life caused by the coronavirus pandemic could cause problems for children, but there are things parents can do to help their kids deal with the changes, experts say.
"There are major stressors that children are experiencing, such as the inability to attend school, adjusting to home school, being in the house with their family all day, not being able to see their friends, worrying about grandparents and loved ones -- but they seem to be quite resilient and taking all of these changes in stride," said Alexandria Meyer, an assistant professor of psychology at Florida State University.
A new study finds that social anxiety disorder is intertwined with personality.
At the same time, however, there is great variation in the personalities of people who have social anxiety disorder, according to researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden.
In psychological science, personality is typically described using five well-established dimensions: neuroticism, also known as emotional instability; extraversion, which deals with how outgoing a person is; openness; agreeableness; and conscientiousness.
Recent study findings from Johns Hopkins showed that older adults with depression were at a higher risk of remaining depressed if they experienced persistent or worsening sleep problems.
Senior study author Adam Spira, PhD, and colleagues from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analyzed data from nearly 600 older adults who visited primary care centers in the Northeast U.S. to determine the association between sleep difficulties and outcomes of depression and suicidal ideation.
Very little is known about how individuals learn under uncertainty when other people are involved. Researchers propose that humans are particularly tuned to social uncertainty, which is especially noisy and ambiguous. Individuals exhibiting less tolerance for uncertainty, such as those with anxiety, may have greater difficulty learning in uncertain social contexts and therefore provide an ideal test population to probe learning dynamics under uncertainty.
NPR via WBFO
With the continuation of quarantine and isolation, it's not uncommon to rely more on social media for news and entertainment. Dr. Roger McIntyre, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the University of Toronto, recently conducted a study of Chinese healthcare workers that links increased social media consumption during COVID-19 to a worsened mental health state.
Psych Congress Network
People with low mood and a history of depression tend not to use mood-modifying activities to stabilize mood, according to research published online in JAMA Psychiatry.
"We propose that a fundamental — yet unexplored — underlying mechanism of depression may lie in some people's inability to stabilize mood through their choice of everyday activities," or impaired mood homeostasis, wrote researchers.
Researchers at Nagoya University have discovered a neural circuit that drives physical responses to emotional stress. The circuit begins in deep brain areas, called the dorsal peduncular cortex and the dorsal tenia tecta, that send stress signals to the hypothalamus, a small region in the brain that controls the body's vital functions. The findings were published in the journal Science.
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