ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Anxiety and Depression are the two most common psychological disorders. In a 2005 study Ronald Kessler and his colleagues (ref. 1) found that over the course of their life time 28% of Americans are likely to experience an Anxiety Disorder while 20% are likely to experience Depression or a Mood Disorder. Kessler and his colleagues found that Major Depressive Disorder (16.6%) was the most commonly experienced disorder followed by Specific Phobia (12.5%), and Social Phobia (12.1%).
It can be difficult to know how to proceed when you are seeking treatment. Thousands of websites and experts offer information about Anxiety and Depression. Not only is the amount of information overwhelming but it is often contradictory. However, the research is clear: Psychotherapy is effective in treating Anxiety and Depression (we discuss this in more detail in the sections noted below). To help you determine how to best seek help for yourself or a family member we offer:
A Guide to Getting Help for Anxiety Disorders
A Guide to Getting Help for Depression/Mood Disorders
There is wealth of information available about anxiety and depression/mood disorders. To try make this information more accessible we have developed summaries about anxiety that offer an Overview of Anxiety Disorders, review the Types of Anxiety Disorders, examine the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders, and discuss the special issues involved in Anxiety in Children and Adolescents. We have also developed a similar set of summaries about depression/mood disorders that offer an Overview of Depression and Mood Disorders, detail the Types of Depressive and Mood Disorders, review the Treatment of Depression and Mood Disorders, and examine Depression and Mood Disorders in Children and Adolescents.