Dr. Cassiday quoted in Yahoo.com article on Robin Williams’ Suicide

Dr. Karen Cassiday is quoted in an article on yahoo.com, where she she describes the importance of so many people stepping forward to disclose their own struggles with depression. “If something is kept silent, it creates stigma. It’s important for people to find out that they are not alone.”  You can find the article here: Robin Williams’s Suicide Inspires Others to Speak Out.

 

Robin Williams’ Death Highlights the Need for Suicide Prevention

The tragic death of beloved comedian Robin Williams has brought the issue of suicide to the public eye.  Most people do not realize that suicide kills more Americans than car accidents. “We all know to wear our seat belts and strap our children into car seats to prevent accidents, yet few people receive the mental health treatment they need to prevent suicide”, comments Dr. Karen Cassiday.   Suicide can be prevented, particularly if friends and family members pay attention to the following warning signs*** that people who kill themselves often show:

  • Talking about wanting to kill themselves, or saying they wish they were dead
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves
  • Talking about a specific suicide plan
  • Feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Feeling trapped, desperate, or needing to escape from an intolerable situation
  • Having the feeling of being a burden to others
  • Feeling humiliated
  • Having intense anxiety and/or panic attacks
  • Losing interest in things, or losing the ability to experience pleasure
  • Insomnia
  • Becoming socially isolated and withdrawn from friends, family, and others
  • Acting irritable or agitated
  • Showing rage, or talking about seeking revenge for being victimized or rejected, whether or not the situations the person describes seem real

***Risk factors identified by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Suicide can be prevented through effective treatment. At the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago, our staff can help assess risk and alleviate the worry and concerns over suicide, while treating the sources of anxiety and depression. Contact us to set up a confidential consultation.

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Dr. Zayed Volunteers with Physicians for Peace

Dr. Maha Zayed Volunteering with Physicians for Peace

Dr. Maha Zayed Volunteering with Physicians for Peace

Dr. Maha Zayed traveled with the prestigious organization, Physicians for Peace, in June to offer psychological services to underserved populations. She was the only mental health professional in a team of 21 physicians that volunteered in 3 impoverished hospitals in Asia.  She provided education about effective treatments for  anxiety disorders to professionals in the mental health field, including nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and students.  She also offered crisis management with patients who presented to the hospitals’ emergency departments. We are proud of her commitment to helping others!

Family Action Network Presentation by Dr. Cassiday

Dr. Cassiday and Dr. Schmaus at the FANfare event.

Dr. Cassiday and Dr. Schmaus at the FANfare event.

Dr. Karen Cassiday recently spoke at the FANfare showcase at New Trier High School on the topic of “How to Create a Mentally Well Home”.    The Family Action Network (based in New Trier township) brings in nationally known speakers on a regular basis to educate parents.  The FANfare series showcases local professionals to over 100 school and other non-profit parent education programmers. Through a highly selective process, only ten speakers are invited to participate. and Dr. Cassiday was honored to be included. The Family Action Network (FAN) connects parents, educators and professionals through collaborative programming that educates, inspires and positively impacts the broader community.  For more information, check out their website at Familyactionnetwork.net.

ATC Staff Present at National ADAA Conference

The annual conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America met in Chicago.  All of the staff made presentations to an international audience on the latest advances in treatment of anxiety and depression.  Dr. Cassiday, Dr. Pojas and Dr. Laris spoke of helping patients develop good mental health.  Dr. Schmaus and Dr. Zayed spoke about the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.  Dr. Schmaus and Dr. Zayed’s talk was chosen by the ADAA as one of 15 presentations from the conference to offer for sale on their website.

Dr. Brian Schmaus, Dr. Maha Zayed & Dr. Karen Cassiday at the ADAA annual meeting

Dr. Brian Schmaus, Dr. Maha Zayed & Dr. Karen Cassiday at the ADAA annual meeting

Click here to purchase copies of Dr. Schmaus and Dr. Zayed’s presentation on the treatment of PTSD.

 

 

 

Brand New Panic Relief System Comes to ATC

The Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago has a new panic management system available for the fast and effective treatment of panic attacks.  The Canary Breathing System uses biofeedback to help you  normalize your breathing so that you can prevent panic attacks from happening.  This state of the art, newly approved by the FDA treatment, is only available at a few select speciality clinics across the United States.  We were proud to help collect the data that demonstrated the effectiveness of the Canary device and thrilled to be able to offer it to our patients.  For more information, please call our clinic and read more here.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Presentation – May 22, 2014

Dr. Melanie Santos, PsyD, will discuss Body Dysmorphic Disorder, a condition that causes intense anxiety about perceived body and facial flaws. Dr. Santos has extensive training in body image disorders and is co-author of Overcoming Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Co-sponsored by BeyondOCD and the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago, this event will be held at the Francis Parker School in Chicago on Thursday, May 22, from 7-9pm.  For more information, go to: Registration Information

School Refusal: Radio Health Journal Broadcast

Radio Health Journal will be broadcasting a segment featuring Dr. Karen Cassiday discussing School Refusal. This episode originally aired in 2011, but received so much positive feedback that they have decided to air it again.

The start of the school year and returning from spring break are the two most common times for children to suffer from what used to be called “school phobia,” anxiety leading them to claim they are ill and cannot go to school. Experts discuss how these children should be treated, and how they differ from children who are simply “playing hooky.”

Click this link to hear the broadcast: School Refusal 

The Impact of Exercise on Depression

Dr. Cassiday is quoted in an article from ivillage.com on the importance of exercise in lifting your mood: http://www.ivillage.com/stop-depression-regular-exercise/4-a-542649

Avoiding the Overprotection Trap: Advice for Parents of Kids with OCD

Dr. Karen Cassiday discusses the role of overprotection in the treatment of children with OCD.  http://beyondocd.org/expert-perspectives/articles/avoiding-the-overprotection-trap-a-therapists-advice-for-parents-of-kids-wi