Social Anxiety Test: Free Screener for Social Phobia
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by Shreya Rane
5d ago
Do I Have Social Anxiety? Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is characterized by an intense fear of scrutiny and judgment by others in social situations. Individuals with social anxiety fear that they will be negatively evaluated — judged as anxious, weak, boring, weird, or unlikeable. They fear being observed and/or performing in front of others, and they worry that their nervousness and anxiety will show through. Everyone experiences social anxiety occasionally. For individuals with social anxiety disorder, the fear of social scrutiny — often out of proportion to the actual threat posed by the so ..read more
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Study Reveals Increasingly Poor Mental Health in Non-Binary, LGBQ+ College Students
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by Melanie Wachsman
1M ago
June 15, 2024 Undergraduate college students are more likely to experience depression and anxiety today than ever before. Among those students, non-binary and LGBQ+ individuals have recently experienced a particularly significant increase in diagnoses for depression and anxiety compared to their heterosexual peers.1 According to new research published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, about one-third of students in the 2011-2012 school year said they felt “so depressed it was hard to function.” By 2017-2018, this number grew to 42% — a 13% annual increase, according to the study authors ..read more
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Live Webinar on July 9: School Avoidance & Refusal: Root Causes and Strategies for Parents and Educators
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by Carly Broadway
1M ago
Register to reserve your spot for this free webinar and webinar replay ► Not available July 9? Don’t worry. Register now and we’ll send you the replay link to watch at your convenience. School refusal and avoidance have grown more prevalent and problematic since the quarantine of 2020. The reasons behind school refusal and avoidance are different for every student, but the goal is typically the same: to stay at home and miss tests, class work, and homework. From elementary school through high school, absenteeism is growing — and pushing students further and further behind. Underlying anxiety ..read more
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Study: Complex ADHD More Common in Women and Girls, Leading to Later Diagnoses
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by Nicole Kear
1M ago
May 30, 2024 Females are more likely than males to have complex presentations of ADHD, potentially leading to delayed diagnosis and treatment, according to new research published in the Journal of Attention Disorders. The study found that females with ADHD are more likely than males to have inattentive ADHD, are diagnosed at older ages, and have higher rates of anxiety and depression diagnoses both before and after their ADHD diagnoses. 1 The retrospective observational study was conducted using data from four U.S. health databases. The researchers sought to explore the relationship between se ..read more
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The Mind’s Master Key
ADDitude Magazine » Anxiety
by Shreya Rane
2M ago
Psychedelics are changing minds — literally and figuratively. When administered at carefully selected dosages in clinical settings, and combined with therapy before and after treatment, psychedelics have been found to provide rapid relief from some of the most painful and difficult-to-treat mental health conditions. Ketamine is being used for depression and suicidality in clinical trials. MDMA is treating severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and psilocybin is being used for treatment-resistant depression, alcohol use disorder, and more. However, important questions remain about the lo ..read more
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Live Webinar on April 9: Identifying Depression and Anxiety in Teens with ADHD
ADDitude Magazine » Anxiety
by Carly Broadway
5M ago
Register to reserve your spot for this free webinar and webinar replay ► Not available April 4? Don’t worry. Register now and we’ll send you the replay link to watch at your convenience. ADHD doesn’t travel alone. Most teens with ADHD also have a co-occurring condition like anxiety or depression. Sometimes the co-existing condition is a result of the ADHD, and other times it operates alongside ADHD. When a patient presents these conditions together, it can create a varied clinical picture because each diagnosis impacts, and is impacted by, the other. This can sometimes lead to misdiagnosis or ..read more
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What a Trip: Mental Health’s Psychedelic Revolution
ADDitude Magazine » Anxiety
by Nicole Kear
5M ago
Ecstasy. ‘Shrooms. Special K. These illicit drugs, once relegated to nightclubs and music festivals, have once again become revolutionary medicines with thrilling potential to help people suffering from mental health conditions, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), opioid and alcohol addiction, eating disorders, and more. The number of clinics offering infusions of ketamine — the only psychedelic that is legal nationwide — has exploded. Research on the drug known as ecstasy, or MDMA (3,4-methyl-enedioxymethamphetamine), has shown such promise for treating severe PTSD th ..read more
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Q: “School Bullying Gave My Child Social Anxiety That Persists at Their New School.”
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by Melanie Wachsman
5M ago
Q1: “We’re moving my son, who has ADHD, to another school. He has been bullied from elementary to high school by the same group of students. I want him to join a group at his new school, but he’s been rejected so many times over the years that he doesn’t want to risk it. What should I do?” I just want to validate how hard this is and the importance of advocating for your student by moving him to a different school and trying to set him up for success. Sometimes, smaller-group social interaction, even with one or two other peers who have similar interests, is better than trying to jump into a l ..read more
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Q: For Teens with ADHD and Anxiety, Do Stimulants Help — or Hurt?
ADDitude Magazine » Anxiety
by Nicole Kear
7M ago
Q: “My teen has anxiety and ADHD. Which should we treat first? Will a stimulant make their anxiety better or worse?” Anxiety is one of the most common comorbidities in teens and college students with ADHD, especially for girls. More than half of girls with ADHD will have some level of anxiety. When I’m considering how to proceed with treating comorbid ADHD and anxiety, I always think: “What’s driving the bus?” [Read: ADHD and Anxiety – Symptoms, Connections & Coping Mechanisms] For some people, the anxiety is a true, primary diagnosis. This would include cases where the anxiety takes the f ..read more
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Best of 2023: Must-Read Articles by and for ADHD Experts
ADDitude Magazine » Anxiety
by Melanie Wachsman
7M ago
1. How the DSM-5 Fails People with ADHD — and a Better Way to Diagnose By Russell Barkley, Ph.D. DSM-5 ADHD criteria are flawed for several reasons. “The DSM-5 does not capture ADHD accurately because its criteria do not conceptualize ADHD as a disorder of executive functioning and self-regulation,” says Russell Barkley, Ph.D. “This limitation greatly narrows the concept of ADHD, trivializes its nature as just an attention deficit, and discourages diagnosing clinicians from focusing on the wider range of impairments inherent in ADHD.” Despite these flaws, Barkley explains ..read more
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