How can Millenials Cope with Anxiety?

Dr. Cassiday is quoted throughout the article OMG I Can’t Even—How Much Anxiety Is Normal and How Can Millennials Cope? in  She discusses the positive impact that stress can have, and the importance of resilience.

“Some anxiety in the face of stress is warranted, Cassiday says. (Think: nerves prior to giving a lecture, taking an exam, or performing; sending a text to a new potential significant other; or fielding a call from an overly nosy parent.) But when the anxiety fails to motivate us, is experienced as impassable, and becomes something we crumble beneath, that’s when it becomes problematic.there are a handful of helpful, proven tools available”.  To read more from this article, CLICK HERE.

Friday the 13th and Irrational Fears – Dr. Cassiday’s Rivet Radio Interview

Dr. Cassiday discusses irrational fears and phobias on Rivet Radio on, appropriately, Friday the 13th of November, 2015.  To listen to this 5 minute interview, Click Here.

Dr. Cassiday helps WCIU TV Morning News Team overcome their Phobias

In a series of morning news episodes, Dr. Karen Cassiday was enlisted by the news team at WCIU TV Morning News Show, You and Me, to work with staff members who struggled with animal phobias. The ‘patients’ came to The Anxiety Treatment Center for short-term exposure therapy, with impressive results!

In this piece, Dr. Cassiday works with two WCIU TV staff members to overcome their fear of dogs. This is a great example of how exposure and response therapy is conducted. WCIU Exposure Therapy to Dogs

Watch Dr. Cassiday use exposure therapy to help  Nika overcome her fear of snakes: WCIU Exposure Therapy to Snakes


Dr. Cassiday featured at November 19 BeyondOCD Event

OCD Live Forum: Manning the Lifeboat: What to do when someone you love is sinking fast.

On Thursday, November 19th, 2015, Dr. Cassiday will be speaking at Francis Parker School in Chicago from 7-9pm about how to manage the difficulties of everyday life when someone you love has overwhelming anxiety symptoms.  Sometimes typical outpatient treatment in not enough when someone you love has severe anxiety and/or depression. Dr. Cassiday and Dr. Brad Riemann from Rogers Memorial Hospital will address your questions and concerns about when and how to seek intensive treatment and residential treatment.

For more information, click here.

Dr. Cassiday appears on NPR’s WBEZ Morning Shift

Dr. Karen Cassiday spoke to host Tony Sarabia on NPR Affiliate WBEZ’s Morning Shift on Wednesday, September 2, 1015. She described the psychological causes and treatment of hoarding disorder, in response to the City of Chicago’s new advisory board created to help compulsive hoarders.  Click here to listen to the broadcast: WBEZ Morning Shift September 2, 2015.

Dr. Cassiday involved in new Rogers Memorial Hospital in Chicago

Dr. Karen Cassiday is pleased to announce her involvement in Rogers Memorial Hospital’s new Behavior Health Center in Chicago, which offers partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment for adults and children.  In addition to seeing patients and running the day-to-day operations of the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago, she will be serving as the Clinical Director of OCD Services for Rogers.  The hospital will be opening in July, 2015.

Staff Present at ADAA Conference Last Month

Many of the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago clinicians attended the annual Anxiety and Depression Association of America conference held last month in Miami. In addition to tremendous opportunities to learn the latest research and network with international experts, ATC staff led educational sessions of their own. Dr. Schmaus and Dr. Zayed conducted a presentation focused on helping mental health professionals better treat patients and their families who are dealing with complicated and severe anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Alden and Dr. Siegel spoke about treating the fear of vomiting (emetophobia) using a cognitive-behavioral approach. By attending this annual conference, our staff learn new strategies and techniques, enabling us to enrich our practice and provide our patients with optimal, cutting-edge care.

Scrupulosity: Where OCD and Faith Collide

Dr. Cassiday led a BeyondOCD LiveForum on Scrupulosity on April 18, 2015, at Francis Parker School in Chicago.  Scrupulosity is a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) involving religious or moral obsessions. Scrupulous individuals are overly concerned that something they thought or did might be a sin or other violation of moral doctrine.

During the forum, a patient named ‘Emily’ discussed her experience with scrupulosity and the obsessive thoughts she had about her Christian faith. Dr. Cassiday described the intensive exposure with response prevention therapy she utilized to help Emily recover from her condition.  This article further reports on the forum, and includes a brief video of Dr. Cassiday describing scrupulosity: Scrupulosity – Where OCD and Faith Collide.

Dr. Alden discusses Mindfulness at OCD Live Forum

Learn how mindfulness practice can change your brain at the OCD Live Forum on Thursday, February 5.  Dr. Alison Alden from the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago will join Dr. Rachel Jacobs in presenting exciting new research on how mindfulness can enhance traditional treatment for anxiety and depression.  This event will be held at the Francis Parker school in Chicago from 7 – 9pm. For more information or to register please go to: beyondocd.


Dr. Santos appointed to BeyondOCD Board of Directors

Melanie Santos, Psy.D., was recently appointed to the board of directors of BeyondOCD.  BeyondOCD’s mission is to ensure that all people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety, and related disorders have access to the help they need to live life to its fullest potential. Beyond OCD is the leading provider of consumer-friendly resources to help sufferers cope with and conquer OCD, and they work to increase public and professional awareness of OCD, educate and support people with OCD and their families, and to encourage research into new treatments and a cure.  For more information, go to