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Anxiety and Depression Association of America Patient Guide to Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Edited by Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., and W. Edward Craighead, Ph.D.

  • 2024
  • 688 Pages
  • ISBN 978-1-61537-503-5
  • Item #37503

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The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that more than 21% of U.S. adults will experience a mood disorder at some point in their lives and 31% will experience an anxiety disorder. Yet despite the large number of individuals who are impacted, mental health diagnosis and treatment of these disorders can be bewildering for patients and their families alike. That's why the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) developed the Patient Guide to Mood and Anxiety Disorders, designed to empower patients and their support networks in their quest for wellness.

Structured into six sections, each offering invaluable insights and tools, the book features:

  • A thorough description of various mental health disorders—including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, social anxiety disorder, and others—that bridges the gap between professional diagnosis and patient comprehension.
  • A concise summary of evidence-based treatments for specific disorders that will help guide informed decisions toward optimal treatment paths.
  • A detailed, chapter-by-chapter analysis of U.S. Food and Drug Administration–approved medications for psychiatric disorders as well as new medications in development.
  • An exploration of neuromodulation therapies, including electroconvulsive therapy, vagus nerve stimulation, deep brain stimulations, and transcranial magnetic stimulation.
  • A comprehensive review of evidence-based psychotherapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and others for treatment of conditions such as postpartum depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • An examination of emerging treatments such as psychedelics and virtual reality therapy; discussion of caring for special patient populations, including pregnant patients, children, and elderly patients; and an overview of treatment settings, such as inpatient, residential, and community outpatient care.

With case vignettes that illustrate important information, a multitude of easily referenced tables, and suggested readings for further exploration, Anxiety and Depression Association of America Patient Guide to Mood and Anxiety Disorders provides readers with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions and embark on a journey toward lasting wellness.


  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. The Disorders
  • Chapter 2. Treatment of the Disorders
  • Chapter 3. The Treatments - Pharmacological
  • Chapter 4. The Treatments - Neuromodulation
  • Chapter 5. The Treatments - Psychological
  • Chapter 6. Special Populations and Special Topics


    Amy Adams, M.P.H. M.D./Ph.D. student
    Arij Alarachi, B.Sc.
    Jorge R.C. Almeida, M.D., Ph.D.
    Jonathan E. Alpert, M.D., Ph.D.
    Carol L. Alter, M.D.
    Leslie K. Anderson, Ph.D.
    Joan R. Asarnow, Ph.D., ABPP

David H. Barlow, Ph.D.
Jessica Batten, PA-C
Colleen Bloom, M.S.W.
Lisa Boyars, M.D.
Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D.
Joshua C. Brown, M.D., Ph.D.
Linda L. Carpenter, M.D.
Katherine Chemakin, B.S.
Eric Chen, M.D.
Fredrick Chin, Ph.D.
Amit Chopra, M.D.
Josh M. Cisler, Ph.D.
Amy Claxton, Ph.D.
Anita H. Clayton, M.D.
Anahi Collado, Ph.D.
Susan K. Conroy, M.D., Ph.D.
Charles R. Conway, M.D.
William Coryell, M.D.
W. Edward Craighead, Ph.D.
Michelle G. Craske, Ph.D.
Kimberly B. Day, M.A.
Elizabeth Deckler, M.D.
Jordan M. De Herrera, M.A.
Sona Dimidjian, Ph.D.
Cody G. Dodd, Ph.D.
Korrina A. Duffy, Ph.D.
C. Neill Epperson, M.D.
Alyssa L. Faro, Ph.D.
Julie Farrington, M.D.
Jesse Finkelstein, Psy.D.
Nicole R. Friedman, B.S., M.A.
Mark A. Frye, M.D.
Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.
Igor Galynker, M.D., Ph.D.
Christopher Germer, Ph.D.
Charles F. Gillespie, M.D., Ph.D.
Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D.
Joseph F. Goldberg, M.D.
Inna Goncearenco, M.A.
Wayne K. Goodman, M.D. D.C.
Alexander Grieshaber, M.A.
Adrienne Grzenda, M.D., Ph.D.
Rebecca Hamblin, Ph.D.
Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D.
Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D.
John M. Hettema, Ph.D.
Laurel Hicks, Ph.D.
Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, M.D., M.Sc.
Fatma Ozlem Hokelekli, M.D., Ph.D.
Eric Hollander, M.D.
Steven D. Hollon, Ph.D.
Paul E. Holtzheimer, M.D., M.S.
Jennifer L. Hughes, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Alissa Hutto, M.D.
Neha Jain, M.D.
Muhammad Youshay Jawad, M.B.B.S.
Manish Kumar Jha, M.B.B.S.
Gregory H. Jones, M.D.
Lianna Karp, M.D.
Rebecca C. Kass, M.D.
Walter H. Kaye, M.D.
Reilly Kayser, M.D.
Martin B. Keller, M.D.
Chris A. Kelly, Ph.D.
Sean Kerrigan, M.D.
Jasmine Kim, M.D.
Claire L. Kirk, Ph.D.
Daniel N. Klein, Ph.D.
Raymond Kotwicki, M.D., M.P.H.
Andrew D. Krystal, M.D., M.S.
Grace Lethbridge, B.H.Sc.
Israel Liberzon, M.D.
Rodrigo Machado-Vieira, M.D., Ph.D.
Cheri L. Marmarosh, Ph.D.
Luana Marques, Ph.D.
Sanjay J. Mathew, M.D.
Helen S. Mayberg, M.D.
Randi E. McCabe, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Roger S. McIntyre, M.D., FRCPC
Sherri Melrose, Ph.D.
Samantha Meltzer-Brody, M.D., M.P.H.
Christina Metcalf, Ph.D.
Allison Metts, M.A.
Alicia E. Meuret, Ph.D.
David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D.
Laura J. Miller, M.D.
Cristina Montalvo, M.D., M.B.S.
Jennifer J. Mootz, Ph.D.
James W. Murrough, M.D., Ph.D.
Henry A. Nasrallah, M.D.
Kristin Neff, Ph.D.
Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.
Fabiano G. Nery, M.D., Ph.D.
D. Jeffrey Newport, M.D., M.S., M.Div.
Richard J. Norton, M.A.
Nicholas Ortiz, M.D.
Sydney Parkinson, B.A. Ph.D.
Beth Patterson, M.Sc.
Martin P. Paulus, M.D.
Giampaolo Perna, M.D., Ph.D.
Grace S. Pham, D.O., Ph.D.
Katharine A. Phillips, M.D.
Robert M. Post, M.D.
Jessica Rao, M.P.H.
Sheila A.M. Rauch, Ph.D.
Simon A. Rego, Psy.D.
Patricia A. Resick, Ph.D.
Erin C. Richardson, M.S.N., R.N., APRN, PMHNP-BC
Patricio Riva-Posse, M.D.
Shireen L. Rizvi, Ph.D.
Donald J. Robinaugh, Ph.D.
Kelly J. Rohan, Ph.D.
Laina E. Rosebrock, Ph.D.
Jerrold Rosenbaum, M.D.
Donald L. Rosenstein, M.D.
Barbara O. Rothbaum, Ph.D.
Karen Rowa, Ph.D., C.Psych.
David C. Rozek, Ph.D.
Michelle Rozenman, Ph.D.
Ihsan M. Salloum, M.D., M.P.H.
Alan F. Schatzberg, M.D.
Rebecca L. Schneider, Ph.D.
M. Katherine Shear, M.D.
David V. Sheehan, M.D., M.B.A.
Naomi M. Simon, M.D.
H. Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
Balwinder Singh, M.D., M.S.
Natalia Skritskaya, Ph.D.
Jair C. Soares, M.D., Ph.D.
Isabella G. Spaulding, B.S.
David C. Steffens, M.D., M.H.S.
Murray B. Stein, M.D., M.P.H.
Anne Louise Stewart, M.D.
Stephen M. Strakowski, M.D.
Eric A. Storch, Ph.D.
Jong-Woo Suh, B.A., M.A.
Mark Sullivan, M.D.
Paul Summergrad, M.D.
Amanda J.F. Tamman, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Steven D. Targum, M.D.
Julia M. Terman, M.A.
Michael Terman, Ph.D.
Tatiana Torti, Psy.D.
Cynthia L. Turk, Ph.D.
Michael Van Ameringen, M.D., FRCPC
Dina Vivian, Ph.D.
Karen Dineen Wagner, M.D., Ph.D.
B. Timothy Walsh, M.D.
V. Robin Weersing, Ph.D.
Risa B. Weisberg, Ph.D.
Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D.
Susan W. White, Ph.D.
Anna E. Wise, Ph.D.
Kate Wolitzky-Taylor, Ph.D.
Lauren S. Woodard, B.A.

About the Authors

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., is Matthew P. Nemeroff Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences and Director of the Institute of Early Life Adversity Research at Dell Medical School in The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas

W. Edward Craighead, Ph.D., ABPP, is J. Rex Fuqua Professor and Endowed Chair and Vice Chair of Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Division in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia; he is also Professor in the Department of Psychology at Emory University.

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