College students share their anxiety and depression experiences with the ADAA

Does your anxiety and depression make you feel isolated?  The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) has an anxiety disorders page with anxiety resources and videos of young people talking about their depression and anxiety.

Jasmin Terrany, LMHC speaks in the intro video for  “Anxiety and Depression Stories.” She uses body image as an example of how we, especially women, are severely affected by anxiety and depression. For example, the nagging, programmed voice in our heads telling us we need to lose five pounds never goes away even when you lose the five pounds. That negative voice has less to do with the five pounds and more to do with how we focus on the negative things about ourselves as the whole  reality and not the bigger picture.

Following the intro, college students speak about their anxiety and depression experiences. It’s amazing to see how everyone’s experiences and coping mechanisms are similar, yet different.  What’s more empowering is for people in their twenties to see their peers discuss their experiences. Often times, we are told we’re “too young” to experience anxiety and depression. As a result, we begin to feel like weirdos because young sufferers think it’s not normal for young people to have mood disorders. Yet, the reality is that anxiety and depression are just like any physical disease, because they do not discriminate between age, sex, or ethnicity.

Videos of college-aged students discussing their mood disorders opens a dialogue that we should be having as a society. When we have conversations about mental illness, we need to teach others to eliminate stigmatizing language including phrases such as, “You’re too young for that,” “Are you sick in the head?” or “Take some pills.” No one is ever too young to have anxiety or depression. We need to destroy this idea that anxiety and depression only hurts older people.

Maybe we should all start making videos of ourselves describing our own  mental illnesses. Wouldn’t that be an enlightening experience for the world?


Weekly Roundup: Anxiety,Depression Center; meditation clips, ADAA Conference and more

“Weekly Roundup”  is a weekly series featuring events and resources for coping with anxiety, depression and other related disorders. Got ideas? Submit via comments or 

In my quest to engage readers, I found organizations that offer workshops and webinars in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).


Anxiety and Depression Center Webinars 

Anxiety and Depression Center offers series of CBT webinars for depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. Granted, their last webinar was December 2012, but that makes it no less relevant. Included are also slides from workshops in past months and years. The Anxiety and Depression Center is also in California, and you need to be a patient to access the slides. If you think it’s worth your time, effort and money, check it out.


Meditation Clips

Want some free stuff? The Anxiety and Depression Center also provides links to free guided meditations on iTunes.  Listening to the nine minute “Loving Kindness” meditation, I felt a tingling warmth making my organs, tissues, bones and limbs melt into the love seat.


If this dog can meditate, you can, too! Photo from

Sound good? If not, there are other sources to choose from including breathing meditation, meditation for working with difficulties, body scan and more.


Anxiety and Depression Association of America Conference (ADAA) 


Now here’s something a little more timely. The ADAA is hosting Anxiety and Depression Conference 2014, March 27-30. The conference is aimed at teaching trained physicians about new techniques for treating patients with anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and other related disorders.

Just because it’s for clinicians doesn’t mean patients can’t attend for a chance to be enlightened on these new strategies. Register here, and hurry!


National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week


Even though it’s still early, here’s a friendly reminder about National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week, May 4-10 this year. During this week, you will be able to host a workshop with materials ordered here. For the cost of $30, registrants may order DVDs, forms, posters and a CD-ROM to help you run the event. Register here to host an event and buy the resources.

If you a NADAW event your town, check it out and let me know how it went  via comments in a post submission at If you want it published in my blog, let me know.


Helping kids cope with anxiety and depression


Cvent is organizing and event April 5, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to coach parents in helping their kids cope with anxiety and depression. Guest speakers will discuss various topics ranging from where to go for help, treatment options, bullying, self-esteem and body image and much more.  The event will kick off at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning The Hospital for Sick Children 686 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario M5G 0A4. Yes, there will be food. Register here.

Check back next week for the next Weekly Roundup.

While these events may not take place in your home town, they’re a good opportunity to travel  and see the sights. Check out those meditation clips, because they are helpful.

Did I miss something? Don’t be afraid to post it in the comments for all to see. Suggestions are not only helpful to me, but to fellow readers, as well.