Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Coordinates: 38°59′53″N 77°01′47″W / 38.997995°N 77.029586°W / 38.997995; -77.029586
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Anxiety and Depression Association of America
FoundedDecember 1, 1980; 43 years ago (1980-12-01)[1]
Legal status501(c)(3) nonprofit organization[2]
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland
Coordinates38°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
Phobia Society of America, Anxiety Disorders Association

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is a U.S. nonprofit organization located in Silver Spring, Maryland[7] dedicated to increasing awareness of and improving the diagnosis, treatment, and cure of anxiety disorders in children and adults. The organization is involved in education, training, and research for anxiety and stress-related disorders. Their mission statement is to promote the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, and other stress-related disorders through education, practice, and research.[8]

Notably, they have published several self-improvement books, such as Facing Panic, and Triumph Over Shyness: Conquering Social Anxiety Disorder, in an attempt to assist those with anxiety disorders.[9]


The Anxiety Disorders Association (originally called the Phobia Society of America) was founded by Jerilyn Ross, Robert Dupont, Martin Seif, Arthur Hardy, and Manuel Zane in 1980.[10] It was officially incorporated on December 1, 1980, and was renamed to the Anxiety Disorders Association in 1990.[1]

In spring 2008, ADAA launched the "Treat It, Don't Repeat It: Break Free From OCD" campaign, a national educational campaign relating to Obsessive–compulsive disorder. The campaign included public service announcements featuring Howie Mandel, Tony Shalhoub, and David Hoberman.

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.[11]

In 2012, the organization's name was changed to its current name to better reflect and broaden their mission, as well as the comorbidity of both anxiety and depression.


ADAA has funded over $1 million to 500+ anxiety disorder and depression early career clinicians and researchers since developing their awards program in 1999.[12]


  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 "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. Anxiety and Depression Association of America {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Charity Navigator - Rating for Anxiety and Depression Association of America". Retrieved 2023-03-14.
  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. ^ "Anxiety Disorders Association of America" (PDF). Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  11. ^ "NewsRx". Anxiety Disorders-The Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the HealthCentral Network Form Alliance to Develop New Online Resources for Anxiety Disorders.
  12. ^ 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. S2CID 12641632. 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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