Understanding Anxiety Disorders

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Psychologist Dr. Douglas Mennin discusses how to understand anxiety disorders.

    Dr. Douglas Mennin: Hello! I'm Dr. Douglas Mennin, psychologist and a professional member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Today we're going to be discussing stress and anxiety, and when to become concerned that you might have an anxiety disorder.

    In this video series, you'll learn the difference between everyday anxiety, which is normal, and an anxiety disorder. We'll talk about ways to reduce your everyday stress and anxiety. We'll describe the different types of anxiety disorders and the difference between one type called generalized anxiety disorder and general anxiety.

    You'll learn how doctors diagnose generalized anxiety disorder, which we often call GAD, and finally, we'll discuss effective types of treatments that are available, as well as how to find appropriate treatments for you.

    First, let me tell you a little bit about myself and about the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. In addition to being a professional member of ADAA, I'm also a psychologist at the Yale University, where I'm the Director of the Yale Anxiety & Mood Services, in the department of psychology. ADAA is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety disorders and to improving the lives of all the people who suffer from them.

    The organization plays a pivotal role in advancing the field by bridging the gap between research and clinical practice to help those with anxiety disorders in our families. It has funded more that $1.5 million in anxiety disorder's research.

    If you like to learn more, visit www.adaa.org, and check out our other videos on anxiety and anxiety disorders, including understanding what is normal anxiety.