Anxiety and Depression Association of America

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Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Logo of Anxiety and Depression Association of America
FoundedDecember 1, 1980; 41 years ago (1980-12-01)[1]
Legal status501(c)(3) nonprofit organization[2]
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland[2]
Coordinates38°59′53″N 77°01′47″W / 38.997995°N 77.029586°W / 38.997995; -77.029586Coordinates: 38°59′53″N 77°01′47″W / 38.997995°N 77.029586°W / 38.997995; -77.029586
Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD[4]
Susan K. Gurley, JD[5]
Revenue (2020)
Expenses (2020)$ 1,121,194[6]
Employees (2020)
Volunteers (2020)
Formerly called
Anxiety Disorders Association

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is a U.S. nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and improving the diagnosis, treatment, and cure of anxiety disorders in children and adults. Anxiety disorder is the class of mental disorder in which anxiety is the predominant feature. This disorder, an illness characterized by constant and boundless worry that interferes with the daily life, is the most common psychiatric illness in the United States, affecting 40 million American adults.[7] ADAA is involved in education, training, and research for anxiety and stress-related disorders. The mission statement of ADAA is to promote the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders through education, practice, and research.[8]

ADAA offers free educational information and resources about anxiety disorders, local treatment provider referrals, self-help groups, self-tests, and clinical trial listings. The organization funds scientific research through grants and awards and promote awareness that anxiety disorders are real and treatable. The organization's headquarters is located in Silver Spring, Maryland.[2]

ADAA publishes self-help books such as Facing Panic, Triumph Over Shyness: Conquering Social Anxiety Disorder, in hopes of helping the estimated 40% of Americans with anxiety the opportunity to cope with and possibly overcome the disorder.[9] Furthermore, anxiety stems from a complex arrangement of factors such as life experiences, personality, brain chemistry, or even genetics, so as a developing, mental disorder, anxiety requires patience to overcome.[10]

ADAA has a free online peer support community on HealthUnlocked for people with anxiety or depression.


The Anxiety Disorders Association was founded by Jerilyn Ross, Drs. Robert Dupont, Martin Seif, Arthur Hardy, and Manuel Zane as the Phobia Society of America.[11] It was officially incorporated on December 1, 1980.[1]

In spring 2008, ADAA launched "Treat It, Don't Repeat It: Break Free From OCD", a national educational campaign about obsessive-compulsive disorder. The campaign included public service announcements featuring Howie Mandel, host of Deal or No Deal; Tony Shalhoub, star of the TV series Monk about a detective with OCD; and David Hoberman, co-creator and executive producer of Monk.

In June 2008, it was announced that ADAA would join with HealthCentral to provide further information, advice, and support to those with anxiety disorders. ADAA would create a blog to be used as an additional resource to HealthCentral's own website for anxiety disorders. Other features such as video interviews with ADAA experts and help for those with specific phobias were also planned.[12]

In 1980 a small group emerged and founded the Phobia Society of America (PSA) which is what it was primarily called, they promoted awareness of treatments for phobias. In 1990 the PSA changed their name to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, often referred as ADAA.[13]

In 2012, ADAA changed its name from Anxiety Disorders Association to Anxiety and Depression Association of America to better reflect the comorbidity of anxiety disorders and depression.


ADAA has funded more than $1 million to more than 500 anxiety disorder and depression early career clinicians and researchers since developing their awards program in 1999. ADAA strives to bring about public consciousness of the mental health issue and highlight the importance of early diagnosis and effective treatment, with the broad goal of improving people's lives.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Anxiety and Depression Association of America[permanent dead link]". District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Government of the District of Columbia. Accessed on May 3, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax". Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Guidestar. December 31, 2014.
  3. ^ "Annual Report 2020". Anxiety and Depression Association of America. 2020. Accessed on April 15, 2020.
  4. ^ "Board of Directors". Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Accessed on April 19, 2022.
  5. ^ "Staff". Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Accessed on March 26, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c ADAA 2020 Impact Report (PDF). Anxiety and Depression Association of America {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ The Mental Health Business Week Editors. (2006). ANXIETY DISORDERS; Anxiety Disorders Association of America survey finds Americans report stress, anxiety. The Mental Health Business Week. Pg.9.
  8. ^ "Anxiety Disorders Association of America". About ADAA: Mission and History. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Anxiety Disorders Association of America". Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  10. ^ "Facts and Statistics". Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Anxiety Disorders Association of America" (PDF). Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  12. ^ "NewsRx". Anxiety Disorders-The Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the HealthCentral Network Form Alliance to Develop New Online Resources for Anxiety Disorders.
  13. ^ (n.d.). Retrieved from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-23. Retrieved 2013-03-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ Zhang, Wei; Jerilyn Ross; Jonathan R.T. Davidson (2004). "Social Anxiety Disorder In Callers To The Anxiety Disorders Association Of America". Depression and Anxiety. 20 (3): 101–106. doi:10.1002/da.20020. PMID 15484222. Retrieved March 21, 2013.

Further reading[edit]

Schacter, Daniel L.; Gilbert, Daniel T.; Wegner, Daniel M. "The Accuracy Motive: Right is Better than Wrong-Persuasion." Psychology. Second Edition. New York: Worth, Incorporated. 2011.558. Print.

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